Full Name: John Livitsanos
Phone: +61 3 9225 6868
Fax: 9225 6464
Mobile: 0413 533 675
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 1015
Date of Admission: 28 Apr 2003
Called to the Bar: 4 Nov 2004
Qualifications: LL.B(Hons),B.A.(Journalism)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor


John Livitsanos signed the Bar Roll in 2004.  John's main practice is in both Criminal Law and Family Law, including Family Violence and Intervention Order matters.

Criminal Law

John's Criminal Law practice is predominantly serious and complex indictable crime including sex, drugs and violence.

John has appeared for both the prosecution and defence in the Supreme, County and Magistrates' Courts in matters including:

  • Trials, Pleas and Appeals as sole counsel
  • Bail applications in the Supreme, County and Magistrates' Courts
  • Pleas, contested hearings and contested committals in the Magistrates' Court
  • Mental Impairment matters (including Investigations, Special Hearings and Supervision Order hearings)
  • Intervention orders
  • VOCAT applications

John has drafted written submissions for and appeared in the Court of Appeal and has also appeared to prosecute local council matters and prosecutions for other statutory bodies. He has also appeared in the Children's Court in both the Criminal and Family jurisdictions.

John has also worked with, and appeared as junior counsel to senior counsel and welcomes the opportunity for such work.

Family Law and Intervention Orders

With skills that bridge both practice groups, John regularly appears in the Family Law jurisdiction in both parenting and financial disputes, and in Intervention Order matters.

John is available to provide advice prior to and throughout the entire court process, and of course to appear as counsel. 

Prior to coming to the Bar, John completed his Articles and practiced as a solicitor at Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) in Melbourne, appearing predominantly in the County Court in broad ranging litigation matters and in the Coroner's Court.


John holds an Indictable Crime Certificate (ICC) from the Victorian Bar.

2016: Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association: Committee Member

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals

Commercial Law

Common Law

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Equity & Trusts

  • Family Provision

Family Law

  • Care & Protection
  • Parenting Orders
  • Property Disputes

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

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