Congratulations to the newly appointed 2020 Senior Counsel
Like most things in 2020 the Senior Counsel Scroll presentation required a little creativity to accommodate a COVID-19 safe plan. Given paper, once touched, is not considered safe for 48 hours, it was going to be impossible to have the Chief Justice present a rolled scroll, signed by the President and neatly tied with a red ribbon, as was the customary process.
Nor was it going to be possible to accommodate the various friends, family members and members of the profession to share a glass of wine to the celebrate the achievement of all 26 new Silk.
The decision was made that regardless of the obstacles, the show must go on. On the evening of 30 October 2020 a COVID safe plan was executed.
Each Silk was invited to bring one guest and the presentation was live streamed via Zoom to family or friends who wished to watch. Upon arrival every guest was temperature checked and seated at least 1.5 metres apart. The President, Tim Game SC read the names in seniority order and each of the new Senior Counsel collected a scroll that had been framed in a disinfected Perspex frame, which they collected themselves from a table before being congratulated by the Hon Chief Justice Bathurst AC, minus the customary handshake, but inclusive of the appropriately socially distanced photo.
The event was brief yet successful in honouring and congratulating the successful 2020 Senior Counsel.