New Appointment To The Magistrates’ Court

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Julian Ayres to the Magistrates’ Court, filling a vacancy created by the recent retirement of Gregory Levine.

Mr Ayres brings more than 18 years of legal experience to the Magistrates’ Court, with a strong background specialising in criminal law.

Since 2010, he has worked at the Office of Public Prosecutions, where he appeared as prosecuting counsel in criminal proceedings in the Magistrates’, Children’s, County and Supreme Courts.

From 2007 to 2010, Mr Ayres worked at the Australian Crime Commission, liaising with law enforcement and regulatory agencies – including the Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs and Border Protection and Victoria Police – on joint taskforce investigations.

In his work with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, he also appeared as prosecuting counsel in a wide range of criminal proceedings, including, trials, committal hearings and bail applications.

Mr Ayres obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University in 1994 and 1996 respectively.

He has been a member of the Law Institute of Victoria since 1997, and is currently serving as the Deputy Chair of the Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Section.

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula

“Mr Ayres is a highly regarded criminal lawyer; his experience in prosecuting criminal trials in all Victorian courts will make him an invaluable addition to the bench.”

“He brings remarkable criminal law expertise to the role through his work with the Office of Public Prosecutions, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Australian Crime Commission.”