NEW APPOINTMENT TO THE MAGISTRATES’ COURT

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Julie Grainger to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Ms Grainger has been a full-time member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for 11 years, and was previously a sessional member for almost two years.

Since December 2015, Ms Grainger has been primarily based in VCAT’s Human Rights Division. Prior to that, she was Deputy Head of the VCAT’s Civil Claims List.

In 2012, Ms Grainger was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to examine best practices for assisting litigants representing themselves in the civil justice system. Her Churchill Fellowship report compared practices in New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Ms Grainger has been a nationally accredited mediator since 2009 and the Law Institute of Victoria accredited her as a specialist in wills and estates in 2004.

Admitted to legal practice in 1996, Ms Grainger became a partner at legal firm Slater and Gordon in 2001 where she worked in commercial litigation and wills probate and estate litigation until 2006.

Ms Grainger has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula

“I congratulate Julie Grainger on her appointment and look forward to her ongoing contribution to the Victorian justice system.”

“Ms Grainger has extensive legal experience and knowledge which she will bring to her new role as a Magistrate.”

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