New judicial appointments

8 December 2020

The County Court warmly welcomes two new judicial appointments: Justin Hannebery QC and Julie Clayton.

Mr Hannebery holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University and was admitted to the legal practice in 1996. Focussing in criminal law, Mr Hannebery has appeared in more than 100 jury trials, representing the defence and prosecution, and served on the Victorian Bar Council for 11 years. He was also a director of the Law Council of Australia until November 2020.

Mr Hannebery will commence immediately in the Criminal Division.

Ms Clayton holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. Working as a solicitor since 1996, she specialised in workers’ compensation, professional liability and institutional sexual abuse cases, and was a Principal Lawyer working in personal injury and class action litigation for over 20 years. She has been the Common Law Judicial Registrar at the Supreme Court of Victoria since 2017 and held a position as legal member on the Mental Health Review Tribunal for five years.

Ms Clayton will commence on 25 January 2021 in the Common Law Division.

Both Mr Hannebery QC and Ms Clayton bring a wealth of experience to their new roles, as well as diverse legal backgrounds and areas of specialisation. They will replace her Honour Judge Frances Millane and her Honour Judge Susan Cohen, who have retired.

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