Growing up in the working-class waterfront suburb of Port Melbourne, Frank Vincent became aware very early of the impact of social and economic inequality. He went on to become a successful barrister practising in criminal law before being appointed to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Throughout his career, which included a lengthy period as Parole Board Chair, he never lost his concern for victims and the marginalised in our society, especially its Indigenous members. Yet this memoir is no hagiography. With modesty and wit, Vincent notes his own human fallibility and frailties, and writes with modesty and humour.
“Frank Vincent’s memoirs illustrate why lawyers would enter courts to hear him speak – firstly
as a barrister in murder trials, then as a Supreme Court Justice.
“His story is told with grace and humour, pointing out his closest brush to physical danger was from a cream sponge he felt was about to be thrown by a prisoner on learning his parole application was rejected.
“This book gives a rare insight into our court system from a master practitioner. For more than 50 years Frank was a champion of the people – this book shows he remains a champion bloke.” – John Silvester
Read John Silvester’s laudatory, extended review of Frank Vincent’s book and life: https://bit.ly/2U7u2VR
The Hon Frank Vincent came from humble and sometimes challenging beginnings to become a renown criminal barrister, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Chancellor of Victoria University and chair of the Adult Parole Board. He also spent much of his career traveling back and forth to the Northern Territory, working with the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service. Listen to Frank Vincent’s latest podcast: https://www.greenslist.com.au/podcast/hon-frank-vincent-qc-ao