A senior Australian judge joins the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies this month as its 2016–17 Inns of Court Fellow. Justice Mark Weinberg’s research focus will be on providing greater clarity on evidence requirements for multi-count indictments involving sexual offences.
Justice Weinberg is a Justice of Appeal of Australia’s Supreme Court in Victoria. His tenure at the institute, a member of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, runs from 16 October to 14 December.
Accepting the fellowship, Justice Weinberg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in July 2008 after serving as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia since 1998, said: ‘I am greatly honoured to have been awarded the Inns of Court Fellowship for 2016. I spent a most enjoyable sabbatical leave at the Institute in 1979, while I was teaching at the University of Melbourne. I welcome this opportunity to engage in research, and reflection, after almost twenty years as a judge.’
During his time in London he will focus on the treatment, in both England and Australia and at both trial and appellate level, of multi-count indictments involving sexual offences, and particularly those involving multiple complainants. The aim of his research is to examine closely legislative and other changes to the law of evidence which bear upon this debate and make a modest contribution towards reducing the confusion around this area.
The Institute is extremely fortunate to welcome Justice Weinberg as the Inns of Court Fellow this year ... His extensive judicial experience at the most senior levels combined with his academic experience leading the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne provide the institute with an ideal colleague to join our intellectual community.
Jules Winterton, Director, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
A graduate of Monash University, Australia and the University of Oxford, Justice Weinberg has published extensively in the fields of criminal law and evidence and his judicial and legal career spans many numerous high-profile positions. Prior to his current role, he was Queen's Counsel, and from 1988 until 1991, Commonwealth director of public prosecutions. He has also previously held positions as deputy president of the Federal Police Disciplinary Tribunal, non-resident judge of the Supreme Court of Fiji, judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and chief justice of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island.
While at IALS he will also deliver two free seminars. The first, ‘Modern drafting and the criminal law – Does Codification work?’ is on 3 November (12.30pm), and the second on 21 November at 6pm, is entitled ‘The future of the jury in criminal trials - the problem of jury directions’.