Attorney-General of Victoria (Australia)

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Attorney-General of Victoria
Incumbent
Martin Pakula

since 4 December 2014
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of Victoria on the recommendation of the Premier of Victoria
Inaugural holder Sir William Stawell
Formation 1851

The Attorney-General of Victoria, in formal contexts also Attorney-General or Attorney General for Victoria,[1] is a Minister in the Government of Victoria, Australia. The Attorney-General is a senior minister in the state government and the First Law Officer of the State.

The current Attorney-General of Victoria has, since December 2014, been Martin Pakula of the Australian Labor Party. The Attorney-General is one of the Ministers who administer parts of the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation, with responsibility for the state's courts and tribunals.

List of Attorneys-General of Victoria[edit]

Order Name Start End Time in office
1 William Stawell 15 Jul 1851 24 Feb 1857 5 years, 224 days
2 Thomas Howard Fellows 25 Feb 1857 10 Mar 1857 13 days
3 Henry Samuel Chapman 11 Mar 1857 28 Apr 1857 48 days
4 Archibald Michie 29 Apr 1857 9 Mar 1858 314 days
- Henry Samuel Chapman 10 Mar 1858 26 Oct 1859 1 year, 230 days
5 John Wood 27 Oct 1859 25 Nov 1860 1 year, 29 days
6 Richard Davies Ireland 26 Nov 1860 28 Jul 1861 244 days
7 Butler Cole Aspinall 29 Jul 1861 13 Nov 1861 107 days
- Richard Davies Ireland 14 Nov 1861 26 Jun 1863 1 year, 224 days
8 George Higinbotham 27 Jun 1863 5 May 1868 4 years, 313 days
9 Morgan McDonnell 6 May 1868 10 Jul 1868 65 days
10 George Paton Smith 11 Jul 1868 19 Sep 1869 70 days
- Morgan McDonnell 20 Sep 1869 8 Apr 1870 200 days
- Archibald Michie 9 Apr 1870 19 Jun 1871 1 year, 71 days
11 Robert Walsh 5 Jul 1871 9 Jun 1872 340 days
12 James W. Stephen 10 Jun 1872 1 May 1874[2] 1 year, 325 days
13 George Kerferd 2 May 1874[2][3] 7 Aug 1875 1 year, 97 days
14 Robert Le Poer Trench 9 Aug 1875 19 Oct 1875 71 days
- George Kerferd 20 Oct 1875 20 May 1877 1 year, 212 days
- Robert Le Poer Trench 22 May 1877 26 Mar 1878 308 days
15 Bryan O’Loghlen 27 Mar 1878 4 Apr 1880 2 years, 8 days
- George Kerferd 5 Mar 1880 2 Aug 1880 150 days
16 William Kinsey Vale 3 Aug 1880 8 Jul 1881 339 days
- Bryan O’Loghlen 9 Jul 1881 7 Mar 1883 1 year, 241 days
- George Kerferd 8 Mar 1883 1 Jan 1886 2 years, 299 days
17 Henry John Wrixon 18 Feb 1886 4 Nov 1890 4 years, 259 days
18 William Shiels 5 Nov 1890 15 Feb 1892 1 year, 102 days
19 John Gavan Duffy 16 Feb 1892 27 Apr 1892 71 days
- William Shiels 28 Apr 1892 22 Jan 1893 269 days
- Bryan O’Loghlen 23 Jan 1893 26 Sep 1894 1 year, 246 days
20 Isaac Isaacs 27 Sep 1894 4 Dec 1899 5 years, 68 days
21 William Irvine 5 Dec 1899 18 Nov 1900 348 days
- Isaac Isaacs 19 Nov 1900 3 Jun 1901 196 days
22 Samuel Gillott 4 Jun 1901 9 Jun 1902 1 year, 5 days
- William Irvine 10 Jun 1901 6 Sep 1903 2 years, 88 days
23 John Mark Davies 7 Sep 1903 7 Jan 1909 5 years, 122 days
24 James Drysdale Brown 8 Jan 1909 8 Dec 1913 4 years, 334 days
25 William Evans 9 Dec 1913 21 Dec 1913 12 days
26 Donald Mackinnon 22 Dec 1913 8 Nov 1915 1 year, 321 days
27 Harry Lawson 9 Nov 1915 28 Nov 1917 2 years, 19 days
28 Agar Wynne 29 Nov 1917 20 Mar 1918 111 days
- Harry Lawson 21 Mar 1918 20 Oct 1919 1 year, 213 days
29 Arthur Robinson 21 Oct 1919 10 Jul 1924 4 years, 263 days
30 Henry Cohen 11 Jul 1924 17 Jul 1924 6 days
31 Bill Slater 18 Jul 1924 17 Nov 1924 122 days
32 Frederic Eggleston 18 Nov 1924 27 Apr 1927 2 years, 160 days
33 John Allan 28 Apr 1927 19 May 1927 21 days
- Bill Slater 20 May 1927 21 Nov 1928 1 year, 185 days
34 Ian Macfarlan 26 Nov 1928 11 Dec 1929 1 year, 15 days
- Bill Slater 12 Dec 1929 18 May 1932 2 years, 158 days
35 Robert Menzies 19 May 1932 24 Jul 1934 2 years, 66 days
- Ian Macfarlan 25 Jul 1934 1 Apr 1935 250 days
36 Albert Bussau 2 Apr 1935 18 Apr 1938 3 years, 16 days
37 Henry Bailey 26 Apr 1938 13 Sep 1943 5 years, 140 days
- Bill Slater 14 Sep 1943 17 Sep 1943 3 days
- Ian Macfarlan 18 Sep 1943 20 Nov 1945 2 years, 63 days
- Bill Slater 21 Nov 1945 19 Nov 1947 1 year, 363 days
38 Trevor Oldham 20 Nov 1947 26 Jun 1950 2 years, 218 days
39 Thomas Walter Mitchell 27 Jun 1950 27 Oct 1952 2 years, 122 days
40 Thomas Hollway 28 Oct 1952 30 Oct 1952 2 days
- Thomas Walter Mitchell 31 Oct 1952 16 Dec 1952 46 days
- Bill Slater 17 Dec 1952 6 Jun 1955 2 years, 171 days
41 William Leggatt 7 Jun 1955 7 Jun 1955 0 days
42 Arthur Rylah 8 Jun 1955 8 May 1967 11 years, 334 days
43 George Reid 9 May 1967 29 May 1973 6 years, 20 days
44 Vernon Wilcox 30 May 1973 30 Mar 1976 2 years, 305 days
45 Alan Hunt 31 Mar 1976 5 May 1976 35 days
46 Haddon Storey 6 May 1976 7 Apr 1982 5 years, 336 days
47 John Cain II 8 Apr 1982 7 Sep 1983 1 year, 152 days
48 Jim Kennan 8 Sep 1983 13 Dec 1987 4 years, 96 days
49 Andrew McCutcheon 14 Dec 1987 1 Apr 1990 2 years, 108 days
- Jim Kennan 2 Apr 1990 5 Oct 1992 2 years, 186 days
50 Jan Wade 6 Oct 1992 19 Oct 1999 7 years, 13 days
51 Rob Hulls 20 Oct 1999 2 Dec 2010 11 years, 43 days
52 Robert Clark 2 Dec 2010 4 Dec 2014 4 years, 2 days
53 Martin Pakula 4 Dec 2014 present 3 years, 0 days

References[edit]

  1. ^ See, e.g., Bullivant v Attorney-General for Victoria [1900] AC 196; Ryan v Attorney General for Victoria [1967] VR 514
  2. ^ a b "Statistical Register of the State of Victoria" (PDF). 1908. 
  3. ^ "Friday, May 1, 1874". The Argus. Melbourne. 1 May 1874. p. 4. 

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