16 February 2016

Senior Crown Prosecutor appointed

Victorian barrister Christopher Boyce S.C. was today appointed a Senior Crown Prosecutor.

Director of Public Prosecutions John Champion S.C. and Chief Crown Prosecutor Gavin Silbert QC both welcomed the appointment, describing it as an outstanding outcome for Crown Prosecutors' Chambers.

Mr Boyce, 49,  has appeared before the High Court of Australia in 12 appeals since 2000 and is also well regarded for his work before the Court of Appeal in Victoria, having appeared in at least 63 Court of Appeal matters.

Mr Boyce was admitted to practice law in 1992 after completing his law degree at Melbourne University in 1991. He signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 1993 and has practised as a barrister in Victoria since then, apart from two years with the Northern Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service from 1997-1999. He was appointed Senior Counsel in November 2014.
 
"Mr Boyce will be an outstanding addition to Crown Prosecutors' Chambers, and his extensive experience in appellate work will fill a much-needed gap within Chambers," Mr Champion said.

Mr Silbert  said: "This is a first-rate appointment that will certainly add strength and depth to Crown Prosecutors' Chambers."

Mr Boyce's appointment follows the departures last year of Senior Crown Prosecutor Peter Kidd S.C. who was appointed Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria, and Senior Crown Prosecutor Ray Elston QC, who retired.

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