Pardeep Tiwana among four new appointments to County Court of Victoria

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Pardeep Tiwana // Photo: @VictorianBar Twitter

Barrister Pardeep Singh Tiwana is among the four new judicial appointments to the County Court of Victoria. The Victorian Government has also appointed a new Coroner in a move that will finalise more cases and ease pressure on the justice system.

The five appointees bring a significant amount of knowledge to their roles, with expertise in areas including criminal law, mediation and litigation—and for two of the appointees, experience in international jurisdictions, an official press release said recently.

Tiwana was previously a law clerk and solicitor at Paul Vale Criminal Lawyers and a criminal barrister at 4 Fountain Court Chambers/Citadel Chambers in the United Kingdom. He was admitted to the England and Wales Bar in 1994 and signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 2009. Tiwana holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Wolverhampton.

According to media reports, the family of the judge originally hail from Jalandhar’s Kot Kalan village, where villagers  performed a Path (religious prayer) and distributed sweets after getting this news. No one from Tiwana’s family is presently living in the village. Villagers said that Barrister Pardeep Singh Tiwana’s (51) family has roots in Kot Kalan, though the Judge himself was born and brought up in the UK.

Before his appointment as Coroner, Ryan was a judicial registrar of the Federal Court of Australia and held various longstanding positions at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, including in the role of managing principal solicitor. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Burchell’s appointment as a County Court judge follows a career as a barrister, including experience in the Victorian Bar, Western Australian Bar and in the Federal and High Courts of Australia.

Since 2015, Burchell has been a judicial registrar in the commercial division of the County Court. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from Murdoch University.

An expert in criminal law, Dempsey joins the County Court after serving on the Victorian Bar and as a senior public defender at Victoria Legal Aid. Dempsey holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania.

Robertson has a wealth of experience to bring to the role of County Court judge following her work as a solicitor at Coadys Solicitors, a paralegal at Norton Rose in London and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.

(Media release & reports)

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