ICJ Victoria, in partnership with the County Court of Victoria, hosts the only secular Opening of the Legal Year celebration. Every January, eminent speakers welcome members of the profession and members of the community to attend a mid-morning event on the first floor assembly area of the County Court.

The celebration includes a Welcome to Country, talks by judges and lawyers on topics relevant to the community, live musical performances, inspirational speeches from two students from the Skyline Education Foundation <link: https://www.skylinefoundation.org.au/>, and catering from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. In addition, ICJ awards its prestigious John Gibson Award to a member of the legal community for their exceptional service to human rights.

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