Full Name: Mr Michael D Stanton
Phone: +61 3 9225 7853
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 0409 570 725
Chambers: Brian Bourke Chambers
Room: 0504
Date of Admission: 12 Dec 2003
Called to the Bar: 22 Nov 2007
Qualifications: BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) (ANU) LLM (LSE)
Previous Occupation: Associate to the Honourable Justice Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal; Associate to the Honourable Justice Charles; Researcher to the Court of Appeal; Duty Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid.


Since coming to the Bar, Michael Stanton has appeared in many Court of Appeal matters, both as sole and junior counsel. His appearances have included:

Michael has appeared as junior counsel in a murder trial at the Supreme Court of Victoria; R v Grimmett [2011] VSC 506. He has appeared in pleas in mitigation at the Supreme Court of Victoria; DPP v Portelli [2013] VSC 588; The Queen v Jobson [2013] VSC 214.

He has also appeared in matters under the Major Crimes (Investigative Powers) Act 2004; R (on the application of the Chief Examiner) v DF [2014] VSC 119; R (on the application of the Chief Examiner) v DF (No 2) [2014] VSC 213.

In 2012 he appeared as junior counsel for the co-accused Rustam in the first and only aggravated people smuggling trial that proceeded in Victoria. Both accused were acquitted.

He has also appeared in several inquests, including as junior counsel for the family in the inquest touching upon the death of Tyler Cassidy.

He has appeared in several migration matters in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and has also appeared in the Federal Court of Australia.

He completed his Master of Laws in Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science after being awarded a Chevening Scholarship, where he considered the operation and effect of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic). He was junior counsel for the applicant in Kracke v Mental Health Review Board & Ors (2009) 29 VAR 1; [2009] VCAT 646, which resulted in the first declaration in Victoria that a person’s human rights had been breached by a public authority.

He was junior counsel in the matter of Horvath v Australia (1885/2009), where the United Nations Human Rights Committee found Australia in breach of Ms Horvath's right to an effective remedy under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966.

Michael has a background in social work, having been employed for six years as a youth and disability worker whilst he completed his tertiary studies, where he received first class honours in both Arts and Law at the Australian National University.

Michael has been selected as a member of the Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List. He is a Vice-President of Liberty Victoria.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Civil Liberties
  • Human Rights Law
  • Judicial Review

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Australian Capital Territory

Committee Memberships

  • (Member) Law Council of Australia - National Criminal Law Committee
  • (Member) Law Council of Australia - Standing Committee - National Criminal Law Liaison Committee

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