Mr Anthony Howard AM QC, a former County Court Judge, is the husband of the Governor of Victoria, the Hon Linda Dessau AC.

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Anthony Howard AM QC

Mr Anthony Howard AM QC was born in Melbourne and educated at Xavier College. He graduated with Bachelors of Laws and Jurisprudence from Monash University, and a Diploma of Criminology from the University of Melbourne.

In 1973 he was articled to Frank Galbally CBE in the firm of Galbally and O’Bryan where he then worked as a solicitor before signing the Victorian Bar Roll in 1975. At the Bar he read with John Walker QC, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992.

Other than almost three years in Hong Kong where, with the Governor, Mr Howard was prosecuting criminal trials in the Attorney-General’s Chambers from 1982 to 1985, he remained at the Victorian Bar, specialising in criminal law, until his appointment as a Judge of the County Court of Victoria in October 2006.

Mr Howard was actively involved in the life of the Victorian Bar. He was Chair of his list of barristers, and was a member of the Bar Council from 2001 to 2004. He chaired the Legal Assistance Committee (the Bar’s pro bono legal service), contributed to the development of the Equal Opportunity Briefing Policy to promote the advancement of women advocates, and chaired a committee to create a dining and networking space for members of the Bar and a committee to assist new barristers as they started out in their careers.

As a Judge of the County Court, Mr Howard was, at different times, a member of the Court’s Executive and Management Committees and chaired the Media and Communication Committee.  He remains an active member of the Bar’s Indigenous Lawyers’ Mentoring Program. Mr Howard retired as a Judge of the County Court in late 2016.

Mr Howard has also been involved in various community and not-for-profit organisations, including as a Trustee of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation, founding Chair of the Essendon Football Club Lawdons coterie and as a Board member of the youth mentoring organisation Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Mr Howard was made a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2019 for significant service to the law, to the judiciary, to professional standards, and to the community of Victoria.

The Governor and Mr Howard married in 1982 and have two sons, both of whom graduated from Monash University with Bachelors of Laws and Arts.