Mr Ian Gray
Ian Gray (BA 1972, LLB 1973) is the State Coroner of the County Court. Prior to 2012 he was the Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates' Court of Victoria.
After completing his Bachelor of Laws at Monash University in 1972 he was admitted to the bar of the High Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Victoria and the Northern Territory.
Early in his career he worked in private practise, was the community lawyer in a Community Legal Service and for three years was a solicitor with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.
For four years in the early 1980s, he specialised in criminal defence work at the Victorian Bar.
Between 1987 and 1990 he was the Principal Legal Advisor for the Northern Land Council in Darwin where he negotiated with mining companies over exploration and mining proposals, advised on contractual matters over access to land for commercial purposes and conducted litigation arising out of land claims in the Northern Territory Supreme Court, the Federal and High Courts.
In 1990 he was appointed a Northern Territory magistrate. In 1992 he was appointed the Chief Magistrate for the Northern Territory and between 1995 and 1997 was a member of the national Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.
In 1998 Mr Gray returned to the Victorian Bar where he practised in criminal law, administrative law and employment law. During this period he also worked as a mediator in native title.
Mr Gray was head of the Land & Property Unit of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor in 2000 and has been a Vice-President of the Victorian branch of the International Commission of Jurists.
In 2001 Mr Gray was appointed Chief Magistrate of Victoria - a role he held for 11 years. In 2012 he was appointed State Coroner of the County Court.