Six Victorian Barristers to participate in the 2017 Trial Counsel Development Program

Six Victorian Barristers to participate in the 2017 Trial Counsel Development Program

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

2017 Trial Development Program Barristers
L to R Deanna Caruso, Georgina Connelly (not in photo), Rahmin deKretser, John Moore, Amanda Burnnard, Phillip Bloemen, Tim Marsh, Shannon Dellamata

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:

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 tcdp@vla.vic.gov.au.

More information

For further information please contact Shannon Dellamarta on (03) 9269 0130 or Kirstie Vonk, Senior Advocates Clerk on (03) 9269 0432.