Solicitor-General of Victoria (Australia)

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The Solicitor-General of Victoria, Australia is the state's Second Law Officer, behind the Attorney-General. The holders of this office are appointed by Cabinet on the basis of their legal expertise. Solicitors-General are members of the Executive. Formerly, they were elected members of parliament, but have not been so since the early/mid twentieth century.

The functions of the Victorian Solicitor-General are two-fold. First, s/he acts as Victoria's senior legal adviser. Second, s/he represents the state in significant legal proceedings where Victoria is party, or where the Victorian Attorney-General intervenes either in Commonwealth matters under section 78A of the Judiciary Act 1903 or in matters concerning the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 under s 34 of that Act.

In 2003, Victoria appointed its first female Solicitor-General, Pamela Tate, following an unprecedented public advertising of the position.[1]


Name Appointed Concluded
Redmond Barry [2] July 1851 Apr. 1852
Edward Williams [3] Apr. 1852 July 1852
James Croke [4] July 1852 Nov. 1855
Robert Molesworth [5] Jan. 1854[a] June 1856
Thomas Howard Fellows [6] June 1856 Feb. 1857
Robert Sitwell [7] Feb. 1857 Mar. 1857
John Dennistoun Wood [8] Mar. 1857 Apr. 1857
Thomas Howard Fellows [8] Apr. 1857 Mar. 1858
Richard Davies Ireland [9] Mar. 1858 Oct. 1859
Travers Adamson [10] Oct. 1859 Mar. 1860
James Martley [11] Mar. 1859 Nov. 1860
vacant[8] Nov. 1860 Aug. 1869
James Casey [12] Sep. 1869 Sep. 1869
Butler Cole Aspinall [13] Jan. 1870 Apr. 1870
Henry John Wrixon [14] Apr. 1870 June 1871
Howard Spensley [15] June 1871 June 1872
George Kerferd [16] June 1872 July 1874
Townsend McDermott July 1874 Aug. 1875
vacant[8] Sep. 1875 June 1881
Frank Dobson [17] July 1881 Mar. 1883
Alfred Deakin [18][8] Nov. 1883 Apr. 1884
vacant[8] May 1884 Aug. 1890
Alfred Deakin [8] Sep. 1890 Nov. 1890
vacant[8] Dec. 1890 Jan. 1892
George Turner [19] Feb. 1892 Jan. 1893
Isaac Isaacs [20] Jan. 1893 May 1893
Agar Wynne [21] June 1893 Sep. 1894
Henry Cuthbert[22] Sep. 1894 Dec. 1899
John Mark Davies [23][8] Sep. 1899 Nov. 1900
Agar Wynne [24][8] Nov. 1900 1902
John Mark Davies [25][26] June 1902 Feb. 1903
William Irvine [27][8] Feb. 1903 Sep. 1903
vacant[8] Oct. 1903 Jan. 1904
John Mark Davies [28][8] Feb. 1904 Jan. 1909
James Drysdale Brown [26][29] Jan. 1909 Dec. 1913
John George Bice 1920 1923
Bill Slater [30] 1924 1924
Bill Slater [30] 1927 1928
Bill Slater [30] 1929 1932
Albert Bussau [31] 1935
Henry Winneke[32] 1951 1 September 1964
Basil Murray[33] 1964 4 September 1974
Daryl Dawson[34] 5 September 1974 15 August 1982
Douglas Graham[35] 1992 2002
Pamela Tate[1] 8 July 2003 September 2010
Stephen McLeish [36] April 2011 March 2015
Richard Niall [37] June 2015 Present
a (acting from Jan. 1854 to Nov. 1855)

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