The County Court warmly welcomes four new judicial appointments: Sarah Leighfield, David Purcell, Fiona Todd and My Anh Tran.
Ms Leighfield holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and served at the Bar for 12 years before becoming a magistrate in 2016. Since then, she has led the sexual offences and committal mention lists for the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, mainly sitting on crime and family violence matters. Ms Leighfield commences her term in the Criminal Division from 10 June.
Mr Purcell SC holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Monash and was admitted to practice in 1993, before joining the Victorian Bar in 2003. He offers 25 years of experience in personal injury law, specialising in workers compensation, negligence and motor vehicle matters. Mr Purcell commences his term in the Common Law Division from 10 June.
Ms Todd holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Deakin University and has practiced as a criminal lawyer for nearly 10 years, regularly appearing in the County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. She has volunteered with the Fitzroy Legal Service and is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister. Ms Todd will commence her term in the Criminal Division on 13 July.
Ms Tran holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford. She has worked for the County Court as a Judicial Registrar in the Commercial Division of the County Court since 2015. During this time she has overseen the expansion of judicial mediation in the Commercial Division, assisted with the creation of a pro bono protocol with the Victorian Bar, helped to reform case management procedures, and supported the implementation of electronic court files. Ms Tran will commence her term in the Common Law Division on 9 October.