Victoria’s leading judge explores the meaning of justice

Chief Justice

Chief Justice Marilyn Warren

The apparent elusiveness of a perfect application of justice must never thwart the quest for justice.

An exploration of this opinion was recently provided by the Honourable Marilyn Warren AC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, at an event held at Mannix College.

“If you can imagine injustice, then you can imagine justice,” Chief Justice Warren said.

Addressing an audience of Monash students, staff and guests at the annual Newman Lecture at Mannix College, Chief Justice Warren approached the question ‘what is justice?’ from several angles.

A Monash alumna in law, Chief Justice Warren outlined major moral, legal and philosophical ideas of justice, considered judicial and popular media notions of justice, and reviewed certain high-profile court cases in which justice has, or has not, been seen to be done.

Among other famous court cases reviewed during her speech, the Lindy Chamberlain case was used to illustrate an example of the legal system correcting an initial injustice. 

During question time, Chief Justice Warren spoke of her own passion for justice on behalf of women in the workplace, especially female lawyers in a traditionally male-dominated profession.

Following her speech, Chief Justice Warren received a vote of thanks and was presented by Mannix College student leaders with the Newman Medal and a college rugby top with the initials ‘CJ’ embroidered on the back.