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    The Honourable Justice Kevin Bell AM

Justice Kevin Bell AM was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2005 after 20 years of practice as a barrister, 8 as Queens Counsel. His Honour has promoted equal access to justice and human rights throughout his career as a lawyer, beginning with pioneering work in establishing community legal centres in the late 1970s and 1980s. As a barrister, he acted for Indigenous peoples in a number of leading native title cases. As a judge, he has written several leading judgments on human rights, especially the human rights of persons with mental disability. Justice Bell is the president of the Forensic Leave Panel at Victoria’s forensic psychiatric hospital. Early in 2017, his Honour was recognized as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law and the judiciary, native title and human rights and the community. In mid-2017, he graduated as Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University.