PROFILE

Full Name: Ruth Shann
Email: ruth.shann@vicbar.com.au
Phone:+61 3 9225 6043
Fax:+61 3 9225 8480
Chambers: Gorman Chambers
Date of Admission: 17 Apr 2007
Called to the Bar: 20 Nov 2008
Qualifications: LLB (hons) (University of Melbourne), BA (University of Melbourne)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor - Lewenberg & Lewenberg Solicitors; Solicitor - Office of Public Prosecutions

Profile

Ruth Shann has appeared as counsel for the defence in:

  • murder trials and pleas in the Supreme Court;
  • conviction and sentence appeals in the Court of Appeal;
  • trials and pleas in the County Court; and
  • various matters in the Magistrates' Court.

Ruth has also appeared as junior counsel in murder, manslaughter, police corruption, sexual offences, contempt and drug matters in the High Court, Supreme Court, County Court and at committal level.

Ruth has drafted legal submissions for the High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Federal Court and County Court.

She has appeared in the Coroner's Court in both Victoria and New Zealand.

"It is a difficult task to adequately describe the abilities and aptitude of a barrister like Ruth Shann. Her praises are sung by criminal defence lawyers and judiciary alike. Her successes have been significant and many high profile." Source: Galbally Rolfe (18 June, 2015)

Ruth's areas of practice include occupational health and safety and industrial relations.

She was junior counsel assisting the Board of the 2015 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry.

Ruth was appointed a Honourary Fellow of the University of Melbourne Law School in 2016 for her contribution teaching Evidence and Proof in its JD program.

She achieved third place on the first class honours list in law at the University of Melbourne in 2004.

Ruth is a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred barrister and holds an Indictable Crime Certificate.


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Areas of Practice

Criminal

  • Appellate
  • Crimes against the person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental and Planning Offences
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering
  • Property Offences
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime
  • Work Health and Safety

Appellate

  • Criminal Appeals

Industrial/Employment

  • Industrial Disputes and statutory employment rights
  • Work Health and Safety

Inquests/Inquiries

  • Commissions and other inquiries
  • Coronial Inquests

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia


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