Acknowledging the profession’s contribution

By Pamela Taylor-Barnett


On ANZAC day, newlawyerlanguage particularly acknowledges the legal professionals affected by war. They fought, died and lost loved ones in war. The profession was integral in many other ways during wartime too – everything from writing wills for soldiers to conducting war crimes trials.

One lawyer, John Latham fought in WWI and upon return went on draft aspects of the Treaty of Versailles. He of course went on to become Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in 1935, having taken silk 13 years earlier.

Three hundred barristers served in WWII and 117 of those went on to be judges.

Lest we forget.

For information see:

Honouring Victorians who fought in World War One: Supreme Court

World War One Supreme Court of Victoria Stories from the Memorial Board – John Greig Latham

Welcome by the Honourable T F Bathurst Chief Justice of NSW “The Legal Profession and the Defence Forces: Historical Connections” Symposium Sydney 24 March 2012


The Memorial Board 1914 Roll of Honour 1918 Supreme Court Library of Victoria