The Andrews Labor Government has announced the appointment of Ms Anne Hassan SC and Mr Kevin Doyle as judges of the County Court.
Ms Hassan is a Senior Counsel specialising in criminal law. She was admitted to legal practice in 2000 and signed the Victorian Bar roll in 2003.
She has served as a Crown Prosecutor for the State of Victoria and an Associate to Justice Marilyn Warren.
Ms Hassan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
Mr Doyle brings more than 30 years of legal experience to the role, having extensive practice as a solicitor and barrister specialising in criminal law.
Mr Doyle has been a Crown Prosecutor for the State of Victoria since 2018. He has also previously practised as a solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Northern Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Darwin.
He has appeared primarily in the County and Supreme Courts in jury trials, pleas and appeals both as a barrister and as Crown Prosecutor.
Mr Doyle holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.
Ms Hassan will be replacing Judge Julie Condon, and Mr Doyle will be filling the role for soon-to-be Chief Magistrate Lisa Hannan. Both appointments will take place on 29 October.
Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jill Hennessy
“I am grateful for the tireless service of Judge Condon and Chief Magistrate Hannan to the County Court—and I wish Chief Magistrate Hannan all the best as she takes on a new role at the Magistrates’ Court.”
“Both Ms Hassan and Mr Doyle have extensive experience across a range of criminal matters, and I am confident they will make welcome additions to the County Court.”