News & Events

The Law Library of Victoria features a variety of Events, including talks, information sessions, concerts and exhibitions.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday 6 February,
1.15pm to 1.45pm

The first Switch on session for 2020 presents an overview on how to identify authoritative resources for case law and legislation.

This session will: demonstrate how to identify court authorities when looking at parallel citations; provide an understanding of abbreviations; instruct on how to locate report series using abbreviations; and highlight authoritative websites for legislation. Learn what the best free resources are and the resources that are available through the Library’s collection. This is a great session to kick off the new year and be reminded of some of the important legal research basics. 

Wednesday 12 February,
1.15pm to 1.45pm

Take a tour and get to know the history and architecture of the Supreme Court Library.

Opened in 1884, the Library is of legal, architectural, historical and social significance and has one of the largest law collections in the State. This 30 minute tour is recommended for those who want a brief introduction to the Library and its heritage, exploring the Ground and First Floors.

Thursday 13 February,
6.00pm to 7.30pm

The Law Library of Victoria and BottledSnail Productions presents Shakespeare in the Supremea series of rehearsed play readings. 

Performed in the Supreme Court Library, Romeo and Juliet will be the first in the series. Come watch one of the greatest love stories ever told, read by a number of experienced actors from BottledSnail Productions and the legal community. The rehearsed reading is directed by the Artistic Director of BottledSnail Productions, Nicky Neville-Jones, who also directed the company's 2019 major theatrical production of The Laramie Project at Chapel Off Chapel.

In Romeo and Juliet, an age-old vendetta between two powerful families erupts into bloodshed. A group of...

Wednesday 26 February,
1.15pm to 2.15pm

Take a tour and get to know the history, architecture and collection of the Supreme Court Library.

This 60 minute tour is recommended for the legal profession, exploring all four levels of the Library and showcasing the range of current and historical resources that are available in the collection. Due to the instructional nature of the tour (identifying resources and explaining how and when to use them), participants are eligible to claim CPD points on completion of the tour.

Latest News

22 January 2020

On the 15th of October 1970, a span of the West Gate Bridge suddenly collapsed. Thirty-five men were killed and many others were injured. The collapse was, and still is, the greatest loss of life in Victoria due to an industrial accident.

A Royal Commission to investigate the failure of the bridge was called within a short time of the disaster. The commission was chaired by Justice Barber of the Supreme Court. Of the 24 Counsel assisting or appearing before the Royal Commission, 16 of them would proceed to the bench and become a judge.

An Exhibition to mark this...

2 January 2020

The Supreme Court Library will have reduced opening hours during January.

The Library will be open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, from 2 January until 24 January 2020. 

20 December 2019

The Supreme Court Library will close at 12pm Tuesday 24 December and will reopen Thursday 2 January at 9am.


There will be reduced opening hours during January; the Supreme Court Library will be open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, from 2 January - 24 January 2020.

2 December 2019

The Supreme Court Library will be closing at 4pm on Friday 6 December. Apologies for any inconvenience. You can still search our catalogue, view latest judgments, legislation and more through our website. 

19 November 2019

The Supreme Court Library will be closed on the morning of Tuesday 26 November, opening at 12pm. Apologies for any inconvenience. You can still search our catalogue, view latest judgments, legislation and more through our website. 

13 November 2019

The Supreme Court Library will be closing at 5.30pm on Monday 18 November 2019. Apologies for any inconvenience. You can still visit our website to search the catalogue, view latest judgments, legislation and more. 

16 October 2019

BottledSnail Productions is popping bottles to celebrate six years of creativity with Melbourne's legal community.

They are holding a Fundraising Gala at the Richmond Town Hall on 22 November 2019 to celebrate their many projects produced since 2013. 

For more information visit their website at https://www.bottledsnail.com/gala

1 October 2019

To mark the centenary of Sir Zelman Cowen, AK, GCMG, GCVO, PC, QC, who was born on 7 October 1919, the Supreme Court Library is hosting a touring exhibition: A Life of Opportunity and Success, curated by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University. 

The exhibition is undertaken in collaboration with Victoria University and the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre. As well as the static exhibition there are two iPads on Level One of the Library that detail Sir Zelman's life, achievements and interests, as Dean of the Melbourne University Law School and Governor-General as well as his writings...

22 August 2019

This year marks 75 years since Lt General Edmund Herring was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. To mark this occasion there is a small display in the Library about Herring and the Court in 1944.

On display in the Library is the minutes of the first Law Reform Committee meeting that was instigated by Herring, plus the story of the most famous case in 1944 - the Pyjama Girl. 

The image is the 1945 Archibald prize winning portrait of Herring, from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. The Library holds the retirement portrait of Herring...