Visit from Supreme Court appeals justices a chance for Bendigo lawyers and students to gain insights

Justice Kim Hargrave, the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre's Lindy Harland, Justice Pamela Tate. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
Justice Kim Hargrave, the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre's Lindy Harland, Justice Pamela Tate. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

A local lawyer says a rare visit from two Supreme Court appeals justices is a chance to learn valuable insights into their careers.

The Supreme Court of Victoria’s Court of Appeal has sat in Bendigo five times since it was established in 1994 and on Monday Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre was one of the groups Justices Pamela Tate and Kim Hargrave visited.

“Quite often the interactions you have with the judiciary are in court. It’s great to have an informal opportunity to interact,” Ms Harland said.

While in town the justices are hearing two criminal appeals against a sentence, including one Monday for a matter involving the production of child exploitation material as well as a matter Tuesday concerning the offence of arson.

“It is vital for the Court to go on circuit and give the wider Victorian community an opportunity to see how decisions are reached,” Justice Tate said.

“Victorians can be rightly proud of the Court and have the opportunity to see it in action.”

Justice Hargrave said the Court was pleased to be able to demonstrate how it operates.

“The appeal system is one of the best parts of our court system, where a request can be made to a higher court to review and change the decision of the original court,” he said.

The visit was also a chance for the justices to meet with secondary school students, university law students and fellow members of the local legal profession.