Following a highly competitive recruitment process, our recently offered places to 15 junior counsel to join our 2022–23 group. We have increased the number of places in response to the backlog of trials and shortage of trial counsel.
Chief Counsel of Victoria Legal Aid Chambers, Julia Munster, is one of the program’s leaders, and recently led a TCDP junior in a County Court trial.
She believes the program is a win-win situation for junior counsel and Victoria Legal Aid.
‘I was very impressed with counsel’s care, preparation, skill and forensic judgement in the trial I led.
‘Because of the program, the client had the benefit of two counsel, instead of one.
‘I encourage practitioners to support the program as it is an investment in the Bar, enables you to observe junior counsel in action in a supportive environment and can only benefit your clients,’ said Julia.
Now in its 11th year, the program assists barristers to further develop their criminal trial capabilities, and ensures those involved in the criminal justice system have access to experienced trial counsel.
The 2022–23 Trial Counsel Development Program junior counsel are:
Reviewed 10 August 2022