Various Published Documentation

Speeches/Articles by the Hon Virginia Bell AC


The Sir James Martin Oration, 24 September 2019   (PDF)

Illegitimately Re-Writing the Music?, The Jack Richardson Oration, 9 September 2019   (PDF)

Reform of the Law Governing Jury Directions and the Determination of Criminal Appeals, NSW Supreme Court Judges' Conference, 24 August 2019   (PDF)

Cultural Change - The Shift from Party Autonomy to Court-Managed Litigation, Asia-Pacific Judicial Colloquium 2019, 28 May 2019            (PDF)


Criminal Law Stream, Australian Bar Association & New South Wales Bar Association National Conference 2018, 17 November 2018      (PDF)

Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference, Tuesday 13 November 2018 (PDF)

Jury Directions: the Struggle for Simplicity and Clarity, Banco Court Lecture, Supreme Court of Queensland, 20 September 2018 (PDF 140K)

By the Skin of Our Teeth - The Passing of the Women's Legal Status Act 1918, Francis Forbes Lecture, 30 May 2018 (PDF 144K)


"Examining The Judge", speech at the launch of volume 40 of the University of New South Wales Law Journal, 29 May 2017 (PDF 88K)


The James Spigelman Oration 2016, Judicial Legitimacy and the limits of Review, Sydney, 22 November 2016 (PDF 135K)

Legal Research Foundation: The Evidence Act 2006 – 10 years On, Auckland, 23 September 2016 (PDF 169K)

The Protection of Women in the Administration of Criminal Justice in Australia, Australian High Commission Colombo, Sri Lanka, 15 August 2016 (PDF 88K)

Judicial Activists or Champions of Self-Restraint: What Counts for Leadership in the Judiciary?, The General Sir John Monash Leadership Oration, 4 August 2016 (PDF 98K)

"Equality, Proportionality and Dignity: The Guiding Principles for a Just Legal System", The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture, University of Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall, Newcastle, 29 April 2016 (PDF 142K)


Keeping the Criminal Law in 'Serviceable Condition': A Task for the Courts or the Parliament, University of Sydney, 22 October 2015 (PDF 129K)

Magna Carta – Resonances in the Common Law of Australia, Spring Conversazione, Melbourne, 1 October 2015 (PDF 84K) (RTF 498K)

Melbourne Magistrates' Court of Victoria Professional Development Conference, 22 July 2015 (PDF 384K)


Jack Goldring Memorial Lecture, The Unviversity of Wollongong, 31 October 2014 (PDF 145K)

Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture, 23 October 2014 (PDF 104K)

Appellate Review of the Facts, The Sir Maurice Byers Lecture, 20 August 2014 (PDF 147K) (RTF 190K)


Section 80 - The Great Constitutional Tautology, The Lucinda Lecture, Monash University, 24 October 2013 (PDF 388K)
(RTF 436k)








30 MAY 2008


The Honourable Justice Kiefel

High Court of Australia