Role of the Lieutenant Governor


The Lieutenant-Governor is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier.  The Lieutenant-Governor acts as the Governor’s deputy, usually when the Governor is out of the State.  In those circumstances the Lieutenant-Governor deputises for the Governor in relation to limited functions.



The Honourable Marilyn Warren AC

Chief Justice Marilyn Warren assumed the role of Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria on 7 April 2006.  She was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria in November 2003 and is the longest serving of all current Australian Chief Justices.


Marilyn Warren is a graduate of Monash University, where she studied law.  She was admitted to practice in 1975 and signed the Roll of the Victorian Bar in 1985.  In 1997 she was appointed Queen's Counsel.  In 1998 she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria.  The Chief Justice was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by Monash University in 2004.  In June 2005, the Chief Justice was made a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) for her services to the judiciary and the legal profession in the delivery and administration of law in Victoria; to social and economic conditions of women; and to forensic medicine. 


The Chief Justice commenced her legal career in the Victorian Public Service.  She was a senior legal policy advisor to three Attorneys-General and later held the position of assistant chief parliamentary counsel.  Her practise was predominantly in the areas of administrative law, commercial law and town planning.  As Chief Justice of Victoria, she sits in all jurisdictions.


The Chief Justice is also the Chair of a number of Victorian legal bodies including the Judicial College of Victoria and the Courts Council of Victoria.