GORDON PORTER

Bar Roll – 01 May 2014  
Admitted – 16 December 2008

Mobile – 0427 213 717
Email – gporter@vicbar.com.au
Chambers – Level 8, Room 824, Isaacs Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000

GORDON PORTER

Bar Roll – 01 May 2014  
Admitted – 16 December 2008

Mobile – 0427 213 717
Email –gporter@vicbar.com.au
Chambers – Level 8, Room 824, Isaacs Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000

Admitted to practice in

  • Victoria
  • High Court
  • Federal Jurisdictions

Area of Law

  • Administrative Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Criminal Law
  • Disciplinary & Related Tribunals
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Family Law (Including Defacto)

About

Gordon brings a wealth of experience and commitment to resolving the best possible outcome for clients. Already an experienced advocate, he is most comfortable when in the courtroom and is known to be effective, realistic and compassionate when dealing with people in crisis.

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Criminal, family, commercial and administrative law matters are his focus. Other interests include therapeutic jurisprudence, children’s issues, consumer law, sports tribunals and discrimination law.

As a police prosecutor, Gordon has handled the full spectrum of criminal cases in both the Magistrates’ and Children’s courts. He has prosecuted committals and appeared in Supreme Court bail applications.  He has also acted as coroner’s assistant in many coronial inquests.

Gordon was proactive in driving reform within Victoria Police and the courts including Koori Court, mental health list and disclosure. In his role as senior advisor to Vanuatu State Prosecution’s Department (2009-2011), Gordon trained and mentored Vanuatu prosecutors and continues to tutor law students at the University of South Pacific.

Gordon completed an international commercial law degree with honours at Deakin University. He studied international commercial law at École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers in France as part of his Deakin degree.

Previously Gordon was a Member of Goulburn North East Football Tribunal 1997 – 2010 including service as chairperson. Gordon was also a founding chairperson for Voice for Harmony 2007 – 2009, an anti discrimination community group.

Presentations:

  • An Introduction to the Koori Court in Victoria’ at the National Indigenous Legal Conference at Melbourne in September 2008
  • Koori Court: a culturally attuned justice system’ at the ‘Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony:  The Goulburn Valley Experience’ conference held by Shepparton Interfaith Network and La Trobe University at Shepparton in September 2007
  • The Operation of the Koori Court and the Mental Health List in Victoria’ at the ‘Story Telling in the Law’ conference held by the City University of London at London in July 2007
  • The operation of the Mental Health List’ at the ‘Disability and the Criminal Justice System’ conference held by the Office of the Public Advocate Victoria at Melbourne in July 2005
  • Koori Court’ at ‘Reintegration Puzzle Doing it Differently’ conference held by Deakin University at Melbourne 21 February 2004
  • Prosecuting in Rural Victoria in a Cross-cultural Environment’ at the German State University of Applied Science at Sachsen-Anhalt in Germany in May 2003

Articles:

  • Co-authored the article ‘The Koori Court – A Positive Experience’ 79 (5) Law Institute Journal 41, published in 2005

He has received the following recognition for his work in the criminal justice system:

  • Awarded National Crime and Violence Prevention Award 2005 on behalf of the Shepparton Koori Court
  • Awarded Victorian Community Safety Crime Prevention Award 2006 on behalf of Shepparton Koori Court
  • Received a Certificate of Appreciation from the CEO of Magistrates’ Court Victoria ‘in recognition of …dedication, commitment and significant contribution to the Shepparton Koori Court’ 2009
  • Received a variety of community awards in 2009 for services to the Goulburn Valley from Iraqi, Albanian, Congolese, Sudanese communities as well as Ethnic Council and State MP Jeanette Powell
  • Received the Indigenous Community Justice Award for Outstanding Efforts in Working to Impose Social Justice Outcomes for the Koori Community in the Hume Region 2003

 

From 01 May 2014, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

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