Our Chairperson

Head of the Victorian Law Reform Commission the Hon. Tony North KC
The Hon. Anthony North KC

The head of the Victorian Law Reform Commission is the Hon. Anthony North KC. With a distinguished career spanning over forty-five years, Mr North is a former judge of the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. Admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1976, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989. In 1995, Mr North was made judge of the Federal Court of Australia, where he served until his retirement in 2018. He also served, from 2004, as additional judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT. During his time as judge, Mr North presided over cases involving constitutional and commercial law, industrial and employment law, taxation, intellectual property and native title. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Laws from the University of London. He was appointed Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission in 2019.

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Previous Chairpersons

Bruce Gardner PSM

Bruce Gardner PSM sat as Acting Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission from March to August 2019. Until 2018, Mr Gardner was Senior Legal Advisor to the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions, with 36 years’ experience in the Crown Solicitor’s Office and the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) as a prosecution solicitor. He held a range of policy-related positions with the OPP, including Manager of Policy and Advice for 21 years, 14 of which he was also Manager of Appeals. Mr Gardner has served on numerous committees and working groups addressing criminal law reform issues. He was appointed Commissioner of the VLRC in April 2012 and, in June of the same year, was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to criminal law reform.