Six Victorian Barristers to participate in the 2017 Trial Counsel Development Program
Six Victorian Barristers to participate in the 2017 Trial Counsel Development ProgramWednesday, 22 February 2017
We are pleased to announce that Phillip Bloemen, Amanda Burnnard, Deanna Caruso, Georgina Connelly, Rahmin deKretser and John Moore have been selected for this year's Trial Counsel Development Program (TCDP).
The Trial Counsel Development Program is designed to give more junior members of the Bar trial experience. Junior counsel will have the opportunity to collaborate with more experienced trial advocates on criminal trials. The benefit for the client is that they have two counsel who are working to assist them.
The selected counsel for 2017 come from the following lists:
- Phillip Bloemen – Foleys list
- Amanda Burnnard – Foleys list
- Deanna Caruso – Meldrums and Hyland list
- Georgina Connelly – Holmes list
- Rahmin deKretser – Foleys list
- John Moore – Holmes list
Shannon Dellamarta, Associate Director Victoria Legal Aid Chambers says this program is proving to be highly valued by up and coming members of the Bar.
‘There continues to be significant interest in the program by junior members of the Victorian Bar. The selection process was a difficult and competitive one.
‘Now that we have selected the juniors for the program, we will commence allocating trials and schedule advocacy training which we hope will enhance the skills the juniors already have developed,’ Shannon Said.
Suitable trials for the program
Trials that might be suitable for the program are trials that are funded by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) which are likely to run to verdict. These trials must also have witnesses that the junior can cross examine, and the trial duration is approximately 7–10 days.
Private practitioners or in-house VLA staff who have trials that fall into this category can request their trials be considered for inclusion in the program. Please forward these requests to email@example.com.