JOYE (JOY) ELLERAY practices in the Commonwealth family law jurisdiction
Ms Elleray signed the Victorian Bar Roll in June 1984 some 38 years ago and has a wealth of experience as Counsel. It is trite to say that she has witnessed many changes to the law and life at the Bar.
Prior to coming to the Bar and reading with Chis Dane QC ( now deceased) Joy tutored at Monash University in the early days of setting up what has now become Monash Oakleigh Legal Service albeit for only a few semesters before joining Coady Dwyer and Associates as the firm’s very first female Solicitor in 1981.
Judge Heather Carter (Retired) moved Joy’s admission in 1981 and after 3 years Joy went to the Bar .
After many years of appearing in most suburban and regional State Courts the DPP ( as it was then known ) began to Brief her to prosecute in County Court matters including arduous back to back Trials in sexual offence cases and criminal matters generally whilst “keeping her hand in “ the Family Law jurisdiction.
Around the time of her second child being born (1998) Joy made the decision to accept only family law Briefs and continues to do so to present day preferring now to accept only complicated Parenting matters.
In addition to this Joy also accepts briefs in contested private Intervention Order cases in the State Magistrates Courts.
Joy is a member of the Family Law Bar Association and a founding member of the Women Barristers Association where she has been the WBA’s Treasurer for the past 29 years.