Justice Mark Weinberg AO
The Honourable Justice Mark Weinberg AO was born in Sweden, brought up in the United States, and came to Australia with his parents and younger brother at the age of 10. He was educated at various state schools, including Melbourne High School, where he matriculated in 1965. He enrolled in law at Monash University the following year, the third year in which law was taught at Monash.
He graduated in 1970, sharing the Supreme Court Prize. He studied for the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford in 1971 to 1972, and graduated first in his year. He was awarded the Vinerian Scholarship.
He then taught at various law schools including the University of New South Wales, Osgoode Hall Law School and eventually The University of Melbourne. He was Acting Dean and then Dean of the Faculty of Law at The University of Melbourne between 1982 and 1985.
He subsequently practised full time at the Victorian Bar and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986. He was appointed Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in 1988, and held that position until 1991, when he returned to private practice.
Justice Weinberg was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 1998. He served on that Court for ten years. His Honour also held the following appointments: Deputy President, Federal Police Disciplinary Tribunal; Non-resident Judge, Supreme Court of Fiji; Judge, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory; and Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Norfolk Island. He was a member of the Monash Law Faculty Board between 1996 and 2003. He served as the Chairman of the Leo Cussen Institute for Continuing Legal Education between 2000 and 2008.
In July 2008 he was appointed to the Victorian Court of Appeal. Justice Weinberg is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He was the recipient of the Inns of Court Fellowship for 2016 to 2017, and in that role delivered various lectures to scholars at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and at the Inns of Court.
On Australia Day 2017 Justice Weinberg was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law, particularly through reforms to criminal law and procedure, to legal education in Victoria, and to the administration of justice in Fiji and Norfolk Island.
Justice Weinberg has published extensively in various legal and academic journals. He has also written a number of legal texts. He continues to present at professional and academic conferences.