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Christine
Melis

Christine practices in public law and commercial law with a specialisation in inquests and commissions of inquiry. She appears in both Federal and State Courts, led and unled, as well as a variety of Tribunals.

Christine has appeared in a number of large matters including the Lindt Cafe Siege Inquest on behalf of the NSW Police Force and the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission on behalf of the State of Victoria. She appeared on behalf of the Commissioner of Police in the first matter under the Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Act 2016 (NSW) and has appeared on a number of occasions before the Supreme Court of Nauru in appeals against decisions of the Refugee Status Review Tribunal. She has considerable experience working in the terrorism space, particularly under the Crimes (Terrorism High Risk Offenders) Act and in relation to terrorism related offenders before the State Parole Authority (NSW). In 2019, she assisted in the Review and Report into the functions and operations of the Employee Performance and Conduct Directorate within the New South Wales Department of Education.

Prior to coming to the Bar Christine was the associate to Justice Cavanough in the Supreme Court of Victoria and prior to that, a solicitor with Minter Ellison Lawyers in the firm’s administrative and employment law group.

She is a trained Advocacy Instructor with the Australian Advocacy Institute and has been a Sessional Lecturer in Trial Practice and Advocacy in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. She has taught advocacy in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. She led the inaugural Empowering Women in the Law in PNG program in July 2015.

Christine is also a member of Third Floor St James' Hall Chambers in Sydney.

    Christine is a LLB (Hons)/BA (Major in Politics) graduate of Monash University (2003).

    She teaches advocacy at professional workshops and has taught in the Victorian Bar and NSW Bar Readers Course. She participated in the ABA Advanced Trial Advocacy Course in January 2014.

    She was Vice President of Australian Women Lawyers between August 2011 and August 2012. She was the Convenor of Victorian Women Lawyers Inc. between November 2007 and November 2008 and also a nominee of the Women Lawyers Achievement Awards Victoria in 2012. In 2012 she participated in the ANZPAA NIFS expert evidence workshop.

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    Contact

    PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 6777
    Email christine.melis@vicbar.com.au


    Owen Dixon Chambers West
    Ground Floor, 525 Lonsdale St
    Melbourne Victoria 3000

    Practice Areas

    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    International Arbitration
    Appellate
    Civil Appeals
    Criminal Appeals
    Commercial Law
    Competition Law & Consumer Law
    Environmental Law & Planning Law
    Merit Appeals
    Planning Offences
    Government
    Local Government
    Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
    Coronial Inquests
    Royal Commissions
    Public Law & Administrative Law
    Constitutional Law
    Disciplinary Proceedings
    Human Rights Law
    Judicial Review
    Merits Review

    ADMISSIONS

    Admitted to the Legal Profession:
    26 Apr 2005
    Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
    20 Nov 2008

    Qualifications

    LLB (Hons), BA