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Chief Examiner

Fri 3 April 2020

  • The statutory office of Chief Examiner was created by the Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004.
  • The Chief Examiner is an independent statutory officer who controls the compulsory examination process.

Chief Examiner

  • Joanne L. Smith was appointed Chief Examiner on 20 June 2018. Ms Smith was previously an Examiner, having been appointed on 2 February 2016 and was Acting Chief Examiner from 20 February 2018.


  • Sally Winton was appointed Examiner on 22 October 2018.
  • Damien Hannan was appointed sessional Examiner on 23 February 2016.

Former Chief Examiners

  • In January 2005 Damien B. Maguire was appointed as Victoria's first Chief Examiner and held that position until July 2015.
  • On 13 October 2015 Stephen J. McBurney was appointed Chief Examiner and held that position until 2 February 2018.


If you have received a witness summons to attend before the Chief Examiner for an examination under the Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004, you must attend as required.

If you are unable to attend due to circumstances relating to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you must contact the Office of Chief Examiner on 8327 6800 as soon as possible.

Last Update: Fri 3 April 2020 | Copyright © 2006 Chief Examiner. All rights reserved.