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 17 October,
1.15pm to 2.00pm

The Law Library of Victoria and BottledSnail Productions present a series of lunchtime concerts designed to provide an opportunity to relax and reflect in the beautiful surrounds of the Supreme Court Library. 

All are welcome, entry is free, no need to register. Take a seat or wander the beautiful surrounds and enjoy the music.

BottledSnail Productions is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to give Melbourne lawyers a creative outlet. Cast, crew and committee members are almost exclusively drawn from Melbourne's legal profession.

Tuesday 22 October,
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. 

Thursday 7 November,
1.15pm to 1.45pm

The Law Library of Victoria invites you to attend our Switch On... information sessions. These sessions are suited to judicial officers, court staff, legal professionals, law students, and anyone with an interest in law.

This session will demonstrate how to locate current and historical bills, second reading speeches, and explanatory memoranda online using free resources. It will also look at subscription resources accessible via the Law Library of Victoria. The session is designed to provide a clear understanding of what is available online and the easiest way to access it; it also works as a refresher for experienced users. ...

Tuesday 12 November,
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.

Tuesday 26 November,
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

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 the mezzanine floor 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...

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...

17 July 2019

A complete list of the Supreme Court Library's Holdings of journals, law reports and legislation (PDF, 3MB) has been updated and is available to library users. 

The Holdings List is a guide to the shelf location of titles and also notes if there is an online version available to use in the Library. 

Please update any versions you have as they are now out of date.

15 July 2019

The Supreme Court Library will be closing at 5.30pm on Wednesday 24 July 2019. Apologies for any inconvenience. You can still visit our website to search the catalogue, view latest judgments, legislation and more. 

4 June 2019

The Supreme Court Library will be closed on Monday 10 June due to the Queen's Birthday public holiday. You can still visit our website to search the catalogue, view latest judgments, legislation and more. 

17 April 2019

The Supreme Court Library will be closed for the Easter break from Friday 19 April until Monday 22 April, reopening on Tuesday 23 April at 8.30am. 

The Supreme Court Library will also be closed for Anzac Day, Thursday 25 April. 

Apologies for any inconvenience. You can still visit our website to search the catalogue, view latest judgments, legislation and more. 

 

11 April 2019

The Supreme Court of Victoria has launched its podcast series, Gertie's Law

Gertie's Law takes a deep dive into some of the lesser-known, misunderstood or complex parts of the Court's work, such as sentencing, mental health, juries and the criminal trial process. Revisit historic cases, meet the many people who work at the Court and take a closer look at how a modern justice system operates in a 19th century building. 

The series is available to listen to via the Supreme Court of Victoria website or you can listen and download wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes will be...

3 April 2019

The Supreme Court Library will be closing at 5.15pm on Wednesday 10 April 2019. Apologies for any inconvenience. You can still visit our website to search the catalogue, view latest judgments, legislation and more.