Full Name: Ms Ruth Champion
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: 9225 8480
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0921
Date of Admission: 15 Dec 2009
Called to the Bar: 18 Nov 2010
Qualifications: BA(Hons), LLB(Hons)(Melb)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor


Ruth specialises in both criminal law and matters relating to or arising out of criminal proceedings.

Ruth is an experienced criminal barrister who regularly appears in trials, committals, pleas and bail applications.  Ruth has appeared in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.  Ruth accepts briefs in all types of criminal matters ranging from complex large commercial drug trafficking and organised crime through to fraud, assaults and sexual offence matters.  Ruth has prosecuted both state and commonwealth offending.

Ruth has appeared on behalf of the police, prosecution and defence in relation to contested subpoena proceedings.  This has included appearing on behalf of the police where public interest immunity claims have been made and on behalf of the prosecution in the context of large commercial quantity drug trafficking.  She has also appeared on behalf of both the prosecution and defence in relation to s32C Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958 (Vic) applications for leave to compel the production of evidence of confidential communications.

Ruth has appeared in other proceedings on behalf of the police such as on return of search warrant and in proceedings under the Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004 (Vic).

Ruth has also appeared on behalf of the Secretary to the Department of Justice and Regulation in supervision order proceedings under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009 (Vic).  She has also appeared in proceedings under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (Vic) involving fitness investigations, mental impairment hearings (both contested and uncontested) and supervision order proceedings.

Ruth's written work has included drafting written cases on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions for matters in the Court of Appeal.

From 2014 to 2016 Ruth served as a member of the Criminal Bar Association.

Ruth began her legal career at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions where she completed her legal traineeship and worked as a solicitor prior to signing the Bar Roll.

Ruth holds First Class Honours Degrees in both Law and Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Fraud
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault

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