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 20 June,
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. June’s concert features finger style guitarist Rose de La Montaña, pianist Chloe Lee, and vocalists Carolyn Baker and Chloe John.

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...

Tuesday 25 June,
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. 

All are welcome and entry is free. To register for this tour please email libraryevents@supcourt.vic.gov.au...

Tuesday 9 July,
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.

All are welcome and entry is free. To register for this tour please email libraryevents@supcourt.vic.gov.au 

Friday 12 July,
1.00pm to 2.00pm

As part of Melbourne Rare Book Week 2019, the Law Library of Victoria brings together a discussion panel of eminent members of the legal community to share their passion for books. Held annually in the iconic Supreme Court Library, this session is intended to celebrate the richness of the written word and the beauty of the book. After presentations from panellists, audience members will be invited to offer questions to the panel to stimulate further discussion. 

Tuesday 23 July,
1.15pm to 1.45pm

Take a tour and get to know the history, architecturea 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.

All are welcome and entry is free. To register for this tour please email libraryevents@supcourt.vic.gov.au...

Thursday 1 August,
1.15pm to 1.45pm

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

In this session our guest presenter will share their tips and strategies for successfully completing the Bar Exam and their insights into the life of a new barrister. The Law Library of Victoria will also show you how we can support you in your exam preparation. 

All are welcome and entry is free. To register please email libraryevents@supcourt.vic.gov.au ...

Latest News

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. 

8 March 2019

The Supreme Court Library will be closed on Monday 11 March due to the Labour Day public holiday. You can still visit our website to search the catalogue, view latest judgments, legislation and more. 

 

27 February 2019

Lyrical Lunchtimes is happening again in 2019, and BottledSnail Productions is calling for performers for the lunchtime concerts. These marvellous concerts are held in the Supreme Court Library, with performers almost exclusively from Melbourne's legal profession. The Library team is in awe of all the wonderful talent displayed in each concert, and are grateful to the performers for their preparation, and their willingness to perform during their lunch hour.

BottledSnail Productions is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to give Melbourne lawyers a creative outlet, and they always welcome new talent.

This is a wonderful series and we would urge anyone...

20 February 2019

The Supreme Court Library will be closing at 5pm on Wednesday 20 February 2019. Apologies for any inconvenience. You can still visit our website to search the catalogue, view latest judgments, legislation and more. 

30 January 2019

The Law Library of Victoria provides high quality services to judicial officers, court staff, Barristers and Solicitors.

The Law Library is always looking for feedback and ways to improve the experience of library users and enhance the effective administration of justice in Victoria. We appreciate you taking the time to fill out this survey (5 minutes). Your answers and feedback will provide valuable information that will inform the development of a future service model for the Law Library.

Feedback in last year’s User Satisfaction Survey led to improvements to the Supreme Court Library public computers (reducing the need for passwords)...

21 January 2019

The Supreme Court Library will be closed on Monday 28 January due to the Australia Day public holiday. You can still visit our website to search the catalogue, view latest judgments, legislation and more. 

The Library will resume regular opening hours on Tuesday 29 January, operating from 8.30am-6.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am-5.00pm Friday. 

11 January 2019

It is 50 years since Justice Menhennitt delivered his judgment in one of the best known cases of ‘Judge made law’. His decision provided the basis for legal abortions in Victoria for the next 40 years. As well as reflecting on the Menhennitt ruling, there is a little bit about the Court in the late 1960s. Did you know  that there was a proposal to demolish part of the Court and build an eight storey building on the eastern side of the building? Or that is wasn’t until the late 1960s that women jurors first sat on cases at the...