John Digby (judge)

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John Digby (born 19 July 1951) is an Australian lawyer and a judge in the Supreme Court of Victoria, in the Australian state of Victoria.


Digby attended Scotch College, Melbourne from 1959 to 1969. He completed a law degree at Melbourne University and became a barrister in 1979.[1][2]

Legal career[edit]

Digby was appointed a Queens Counsel in 1993.[3]

Digby served on the Executive of the Victorian Bar Council and as Chairman in 2008-2009[4]

He served as a Director of the Australian Academy of Law from 2009-2012 and as President of the Commercial Bar Association of Victoria from 2009 to 2012.[5]

Digby has been a Senior Fellow of the Law school of Melbourne University since 2005.[6] He has lectured in the Masters course in International Construction Law and International Construction Law from 2002 to 2012.[1][7]

Digby was entitled to practise law in the Australian jurisdictions of Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. He was also entitled to practice law in Ireland as a barrister of King's Inns.[1]

Digbys built a reputation as a leading commercial barrister specialising in building and construction industry matters.[6] He has appeared in numerous large and complex proceedings and arbitrations across Australia[6][8] and has worked as an international commercial arbitrator.[1]

Digby was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2012[6][9]

Personal life[edit]

Digby was awarded a Royal Humane Society Award for Bravery.[6] He has served in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve.[6] He has been a volunteer with the Brotherhood of St Laurence[6] and a foundation supporter and current patron of the non-profit exhibition and theatre space fortyfivedownstairs[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "CURRICULUM VITAE JOHN DIGBY QC" (PDF). Devers List - Barristers Contact Details. Devers List. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to the Hon Justice Digby 5/12/2012 9:15 AM Banco Court". Supreme Court of Victoria Web Site. Supreme Court of Victoria. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "The New silks: 1993". Victoria Bar News. Summer 1993 (87). 1993. 
  4. ^ "Past Chairman - John Digby QC". Victorian Bar. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "CommBar News Mar 28, 2012" (PDF). Commercial Bar Association - Victoria. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "New appointment to the Supreme Court". Premier of Victoria Web Site. Premier of Victoria. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Melbourne University Law Masters Academic Staff". Melbourne University. Melbourne University. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Commercial Bar Association of Victoria - President". Commercial Bar Association of Victoria. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Supreme Court of Victoria - Judges - History". Supreme Court of Victoria. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "fortyfivedownstairs - supporters". Retrieved 22 November 2012.