High profile Melbourne lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson, 29, has lost her legal battle in a bid to keep practising law in Victoria.
Her disqualifiction for a law licence renewal related to her refusal to give evidence against two men found guilty of murdering her lover Lewis Caine, a convicted killer and underworld figure who was shot dead in May 2004 during Melbourne’s gangland war.
Garde-Wilson is challenging a decision by the Victorian Legal services Board not to renew her practising certificate.
She has alleged the board took into account irrelevant matters, denied her natural justice and treated her unfairly last December when refusing to renew.
But Justice Kevin Bell today refused her application for judicial review of the decision.
He said in the Supreme Court that Ms Garde-Wilson had an adequate alternative remedy in a separate case she had launched in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Justice Bell also ruled that the board had power to make its decision despite acting after the expiry of what Ms Garde-Wilson argued was a mandatory 60-day period.
Last year, she was found guilty of contempt of court for failing to testify against two men later convicted of murdering her boyfriend.