The Honourable Justice Lex Lasry AM

The Honourable Justice Lex Lasry AM is the Principal Judge of the Criminal Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Justice Lasry practised as a barrister from 1973 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.  His Honour was a prosecutor initially but went on to practise predominantly as a defence barrister, appearing in numerous murder, rape, armed robbery, fraud and other criminal trials, until his appointment to the Supreme Court in October 2007.

Prior to his appointment His Honour acted in a number of renowned matters, including as;

  • Junior Counsel assisting in the Costigan Royal Commission into the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union in the early 1980s;
  • Defence Counsel for Madhavi Rao in 1999, who was acquitted of manslaughter for the role she played in the death of Joe Cinque; later the subject of Helen Garner’s book ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’;
  • Senior Counsel assisting the Coroner in Her inquiry into the 2003 Canberra bushfires;
  • Defence Counsel for Simon Lappas, who was charged with espionage in the ACT in 2002;
  • Australian Defence counsel with Julian McMahon for Van Nguyen in Singapore between 2002 and 2005, and for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in the Bali 9 case;
  • The nominated independent observer for the Law Council of Australia in the trial of David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba between 2004 and 2007.

His Honour was a member of the Council of the International Criminal Bar for counsel practising before the International Court of Justice and of the International Commission of Jurists in Victoria.

His Honour has been the subject of a number of awards including the Australian Lawyers Alliance Victorian Civil Justice Award in 2006 and the Inaugural President’s Medal by the Law Council of Australia for his contribution to the law.  He was made an Honorary Life Membership of the Victorian Criminal Bar Association and an Honorary Life Membership of Reprieve Australia in connection with work in death penalty cases.