| Dr Martine Marich is the only Australian legal practitioner who is both an accredited specialist in criminal law and the holder of a Doctoral degree in law. These qualifications demonstrate a unique combination of highly developed skills in academic research and writing, and practical expertise through appearance in innumerable criminal cases.
Dr Marich completed her undergraduate studies at Monash University in 1996, graduating with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science degrees. A Master of Laws degree followed in 1998, followed by a Doctor of Juridical Science in 2009, both from the Monash University Faculty of Law. Her doctoral thesis examined the principles of admissibility of sensitive investigative information in judicial proceedings, with particular emphasis on closed hearings in terrorism trials and fortification removal applications in Western Australia. Since commencing doctoral studies in 2000 she has lectured on a sessional basis in criminal law, and evidence, at the Monash University Faculty of Law.
Dr Marich was admitted to practice in Victoria in 1997, and as a practitioner of the High Court in 2001. Following early years of employment in a high volume suburban criminal law practice, and with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, she joined The Office of David Grace Q.C. in 1999 as an employee solicitor, and has been involved in house or on a consultancy basis with Mr Grace ever since. In the over 14 years since admission to practice, she has developed and refined highly specialised skills in legal representation in criminal cases in all Australian jurisdictions, with particular emphasis on Victorian and Western Australian law. Since 2002, Dr Marich has worked in sole practice and in incorporated legal practice (Marich Legal Pty Ltd) in addition to the collaboration with Mr Grace.
She is a member of the Criminal Law Specialisation Advisory Committee, is the treasurer and member of the Geelong Law Association, and a member of the Criminal Law and Administrative Law and Human Rights sections of the Law Institute of Victoria. She has a strong commitment to pro bono justice evidenced by past volunteer work at St Kilda Legal Service and Barwon Community Legal Service, and has been a rostered pro bono lawyer in Intervention Order matters at Geelong Magistrates’ Court.