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Solicitor-General of Victoria

The Solicitor-General of Victoria, Australia is the state's Second Law Officer, behind the Attorney-General. The holders of this office are appointed by Cabinet on the basis of their legal expertise. Solicitors-General are members of the Executive. Formerly, they were elected members of parliament, but have not been so since the early/mid twentieth century.[1]

The functions of the Victorian Solicitor-General are two-fold. First, they act as Victoria's senior legal adviser. Second, they represent the state in significant legal proceedings where Victoria is party, or where the Victorian Attorney-General intervenes either in Commonwealth matters under section 78A of the Judiciary Act 1903 or in matters concerning the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 under s 34 of that Act.

In 2003, Victoria appointed its first female Solicitor-General, Pamela Tate, following an unprecedented public advertising of the position.[2]

Name Appointed Concluded Comments Notes
Redmond Barry 15 July 1851 18 January 1852 Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court [3][4][5]
Edward Williams 13 April 1852 20 July 1852 Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court [3][6][7]
James Croke 21 July 1852 28 November 1855 [3][8][9]
Robert Molesworth 4 January 1854 [a] 17 June 1856 Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court [3][11][12]
Thomas Fellows 27 June 1856 25 February 1857 Appointed Attorney-General [3][13][14]
Robert Sitwell 25 February 1857 11 March 1857 [3][15][16]
John Wood 11 March 1857 29 April 1857 [3][17][18]
Thomas Fellows 29 April 1857 10 March 1858 [3][14][19]
Richard Ireland 10 March 1858 27 October 1858 [3][20][21]
Travers Adamson 27 October 1859 5 March 1860 [3][22][23]
James Martley 5 March 1860 26 November 1860 [3][24][25]
vacant 27 November 1860 1 September 1869 [3]
James Casey 2 September 1869 20 September 1869 [3][26][27]
Cole Aspinall [b] 19 January 1870 9 April 1870 [3][28][29]
Henry Wrixon 9 April 1870 19 June 1871 [3][30][31]
Howard Spensley 19 June 1871 10 June 1872 [3][32][33]
George Kerferd 10 June 1872 31 July 1874 [3][34][35]
Townsend McDermott 31 July 1874 7 August 1875 [3][36][37]
vacant 8 September 1875 8 July 1881 [3]
Frank Dobson 9 July 1881 8 March 1883 [3][38][39]
Alfred Deakin 12 March 1883 23 April 1884 [3][40][41]
vacant 24 April 1884 31 August 1890 [3]
Alfred Deakin 1 September 1890 5 November 1890 [3][41][42]
vacant 6 November 1890 15 February 1892 [3]
George Turner 16 February 1892 23 January 1893 [3][43]
Isaac Isaacs 23 January 1893 23 May 1893 [3][44]
Agar Wynne 6 June 1893 27 September 1894 [3][45]
Sir Henry Cuthbert 27 September 1894 5 December 1899 [3][46]
John Davies 5 December 1899 19 November 1900 [3][47]
Agar Wynne 19 November 1900 10 June 1902 [3][45]
John Davies 10 June 1902 6 February 1903 [3][47]
William Irvine [c] 6 February 1903 7 September 1903 [3][48]
vacant 8 September 1903 15 February 1904 [3]
John Davies [c] 16 February 1904 28 February 1908 [3][47]
John Mackey 28 February 1908 8 September 1908 [49][50]
John Davies [c] 8 September 1908 8 January 1909 [47][51]
James Drysdale Brown [c] 8 January 1909 9 December 1913 [3][52]
William Evans [c] 9 December 1913 22 December 1913 [3][53]
Donald Mackinnon [c] 22 December 1913 9 November 1915 [3][54]
Harry Lawson [c] 9 November 1915 28 November 1917 [3][55]
Agar Wynne [c] 29 November 1917 20 March 1918 [56][45]
Arthur Robinson 21 March 1918 20 January 1920 [56][57][58]
Harry Lawson 20 January 1920 20 September 1920 [56][55][59]
Arthur Robinson [c] 20 September 1920 11 July 1924 [56][60][61]
Henry Cohen KC [c] 11 July 1924 17 July 1924 [56][62][63]
Bill Slater [c] 18 July 1924 18 November 1924 [56][64][65]
Sir Frederic Eggleston [c] 18 November 1924 27 April 1927 [56][66]
John Allan [c] 28 April 1927 19 May 1927 [56][67]
Bill Slater [c] 20 May 1927 21 November 1928 [65]
Ian Macfarlan [c] 26 November 1928 11 December 1929 [56][68]
Bill Slater [c] 12 December 1929 18 May 1932 [65]
Robert Menzies [c] 19 May 1932 24 July 1934 [56][69]
Ian Macfarlan [c] 25 July 1934 20 March 1935 [56][68]
Harold Cohen 20 March 1935 2 April 1935 [56][70][71]
Lou Bussau [c] 2 April 1935 1 April 1938 [56][72][73]
Albert Dunstan 22 April 1938 13 September 1943 [56][74][75]
Bill Slater [c] 14 September 1943 17 September 1943 [65]
Ian Macfarlan [c] 18 September 1943 20 November 1945 [56][68]
Bill Slater [c] 21 November 1945 19 November 1947 [65]
Trevor Oldham [c] 20 November 1947 26 June 1950 [56][76]
Tom Mitchell [c] 27 June 1950 12 December 1951 [56][77]
Sir Henry Winneke QC 12 December 1951 1 September 1964 Senior Counsel to the Attorney-General (1950-1951).
Appointed Chief Justice
[78][79]
Tony Murray QC 2 September 1964 4 September 1974 [80][81]
Daryl Dawson QC 5 September 1974 15 August 1982 [82]
Hartog Berkeley QC 16 September 1982 1992 [83][84]
Raymond Finkelstein QC (acting) 1992 1992 [56]
Douglas Graham QC 1992 2002 [85]
Pamela Tate SC 8 July 2003 1 September 2010 [2]
Stephen McLeish SC 1 April 2011 10 March 2015 [86]
Richard Niall SC 10 June 2015 28 November 2017 [87]
Kristen Walker QC 28 November 2017 [88]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ acting from 4 January 1854 to 28 November 1855.[10]
  2. ^ Appointed on after his resignation from the Legislative Assembly[28]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Appointed both Attorney-General and Solicitor-General

References

  1. ^ Solicitor-General Act 1951 (Vic) s2(1) "As on and from the commencement of this Act the office of Solicitor-General shall not be held by a responsible Minister of the Crown".
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