The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC

Marilyn Warren

Marilyn Warren (BJuris 1973, LLB 1974, LLM 1983, HonLLD 2004) was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria in November 2003, and is the first woman to be appointed to this office in an Australian Supreme Court.

Watch: Chief Justice Warren on receiving the 2014 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award

Chief Justice Warren on being a Monash graduate (pdf)

Chief Justice Warren, who holds the degrees of Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from Monash, commenced her legal career in the Victorian Public Service and was admitted to practice in 1975.

She was employed in various government legal offices including as a senior legal policy adviser to three Attorneys-General: Haddon Storey, John Cain and Jim Kennan. She was later appointed an assistant chief parliamentary counsel.

Chief Justice Warren signed the Roll of the Victorian Bar in 1985 and practised predominantly in the areas of administrative law, commercial law and town planning.

She served as a member of the Bar Council's Law Reform Committee for eight years from 1986 to 1994. In 1997, she took silk.

In 1998 she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria and presided in all jurisdictions, in particular the Corporations List and the Commercial List, of which she was the judge in charge for three and a half years. She has sat in a number of significant trials and appeals and continues to sit in all jurisdictions in her capacity as Chief Justice.

In 2004 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in recognition of her service to the law and the community.

In 2014 Chief Justice Warren was named the Monash University Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumni of the Year and the overall Monash University Distinguished Alumni of the Year.