12 May 2015

OPP Solicitor Advocate appointed a Magistrate

Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) Solicitor Advocate Julian Ayres has been appointed a Victorian Magistrate, Attorney-General Martin Pakula has announced.

“Mr Ayres is a highly regarded criminal lawyer; his experience in prosecuting criminal trials in all Victorian courts will make him an invaluable addition to the bench,” Mr Pakula said.

“He brings remarkable criminal law expertise to the role through his work with the Office of Public Prosecutions, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Australian Crime Commission.”

Mr Ayres worked at the OPP Since 2010, appearing as prosecuting counsel in criminal proceedings in the Magistrates’, Children’s, County and Supreme Courts.

From 2007 to 2010, Mr Ayres worked at the Australian Crime Commission, liaising with law enforcement and regulatory agencies – including the Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs and Border Protection and Victoria Police – on joint taskforce investigations.

In his work with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, he also appeared as prosecuting counsel in a wide range of criminal proceedings, including, trials, committal hearings and bail applications.

Victorian DPP John Champion S.C. said he had known Mr Ayres for many years, including when they both worked at the Commonwealth DPP.

“He has always conformed to a very high standard of practice and has been a decent, measured and fair prosecutor, and I wish him well in this next stage of his career,” Mr Champion said.

Acting Solicitor for Public Prosecutions Vaille Anscombe also congratulated Mr Ayres on his appointment.

“The appointment is not only a positive reflection of Julian’s work and standing within the criminal justice system, but is also an endorsement of the OPP and the quality of our advocates,” she said.

For further information contact:

Lisa Walker

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