Elizabeth Ruddle signed the Bar Roll in 2005 and since then has divided her practice equally between the civil and criminal jurisdictions. Elizabeth's appearances include the High Court, and the Supreme, County and Magistrates' courts in Victoria, and tribunals such as VCAT.
Elizabeth prides herself on her skills as a Court advocate and her understanding of the commercial, personal and practical realities of her clients. Her divided practice gives her an in-depth understanding of court dynamics, strategic elements of trials and matters of evidence.
Elizabeth's civil practice includes general commercial matters and focuses on commercial property matters with particular attention to leasing disputes. Her practice includes:
County and Supreme Court trials;
Injunction applications including relief against forfeiture applications; and
Interlocutory applications, such as freezing orders and strike out applications.
She is also a leading practitioner in matters before VCAT where she has experience in all civil jurisdictions at this tribunal. Elizabeth has appeared in matters involving tenancies, building and planning as well as commercial disputes large and small. Elizabeth has spoken often on the topic of VCAT practice and procedure and is a member of the Bar's VCAT Reforms Working Group.
Elizabeth has a thorough understanding of and extensive practical experience in all facets of mediation. Elizabeth is a skilled advocate in settings such as compulsory conferences, court ordered mediations and Small Business Commissioner mediations.
Her criminal practice includes County and Supreme Court criminal jury trials, plea hearings, bail applications, intervention orders and appellate work. She is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister.
Elizabeth has an extensive understanding of the Confiscations Act and its relationship with the proper conduct of criminal cases and its role in sentencing. She is able to advise and appear in applications for restraining orders, forfeiture orders and civil forfeiture. She is able to negotiate resolutions which can positively affect matters such as sentence or compensation.
Elizabeth's combined practice means she is especially well-placed to represent persons charged with breaching the Planning and Environment Act, Domestic Building Act and Building Act as well as Occupational Health and Safety prosecutions.
Elizabeth has undertaken cultural awareness training provided by Kellawan Indigenous Consultants for persons who are members of Aboriginal communities.
Elizabeth was admitted to practice in 2003 and signed the Bar roll two years later.
B. Sc., LL.B
Papers and authorships
2012 Victorian CLE series "A Beginners Guide to VCAT Civil Jurisdiction"
2012 "Liquor Licensing in Victoria"
2013 "A Guide to the Confiscation Act 1997" (with Jason Gullaci)
Elizabeth is the current author of the chapter on Confiscations in Criminal Law, Investigation and Procedure Victoria and has previously been a contributing editor of Halsbury's Laws of Australia on a range of Real Property topics.
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