Julia Gibby

  • Julia Gibby

Fellow (The Melbourne JD)

Overview

Current teaching

Julia is currently teaching in the MLS Juris Doctorate Core subject Evidence and Proof (LAWS50037 - Semester 1). She also holds a casual academic post at Deakin University, and is a sessional for Juris Doctorate elective, Criminal Law and Policy, and core undergraduate subject, the law of Evidence.

Current practice

Julia is currently a Senior Solicitor and accredited civil and commercial mediator with a strong background in Government legal practice, policy and criminal law reform in Australia and the United Kingdom.  Julia's areas of expertise include criminal law and litigation, sentencing, matters arising under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997, matters arising out of the Serious Offenders Act 2018, drafting submissions, statutory interpretation, and criminal law reform. She is currently seconded to Victoria Police where she advises and appears on a range of matters for the Chief Commissioner of Police.

Experience

Julia was most recently employed by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) where she appeared regularly at all stages of criminal proceedings for the prosecution of serious violent offenders subject to post sentence detention orders, and other general prosecutions. She developed expert legal drafting, stakeholder management, case conferencing and negotiation skills for the early resolution of matters. She provided timely legal advice on a range of charging decisions, police prosecutions and decisions to withdraw or proceed with charges.

Julia has also worked for the Victorian Government as a Senior Legal Policy Officer in criminal law reform and corrections. She provided advice to the Attorney-General on significant reforms to the Bail Act 1977 and various amendments to the Sentencing Act 1991. She has also provided advice to the Commissioner for Corrections and Minister for Corrections on law reform and policy including the development of a policy setting out best practice for the management of female offenders in prison and in the community and  legislative reforms on the management of serious violent sex offenders.

Julia has also worked in London where she worked as a legal researcher in the criminal law reform branch of the Law Commission for England and Wales and a visiting research fellow and sessional tutor at Kings' College London.

Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria

Teaching

The Melbourne JD