• Episode 27 : HH Magistrate Abigail Burchill




  • Episode 27 : HH Magistrate Abigail Burchill

This week we welcome Her Honour Magistrate Abigail Burchill, former barrister and one of only two Indigenous magistrates in Victoria. Abigail is a proud Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung woman from a long line of academics and activists. At high school in Mooroopna, Abigail could not see a clear path to the law but her mother knew better and simply would not let her potential go to waste. From the president of Tawirri to the DPP, from the bar to the bench Abigail's life in the law is fascinating and rich, and it was an honour to hear her story. 


Her Honour’s great great grandfather, Thomas Shadrach James


William Cooper, a leader of leaders


Rumbalara, Aboriginal Co-Operative


Tarwirri - Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria


Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions


Koori Court


Indigenous Deaths in Custody report summary


‘Bolt breached descrimination act, judge rules’, ABC News 29th September 2011


Glenroy Bakery & Cottage Cheese Farm 


Victorian Bar Indigenous Justice Committee

The IJC aims to attract, retain and ensure equality of opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians as barristers at the Victorian Bar



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