CHORN, Marissa

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CHORN, Marissa

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative law (merits review and judicial review)
  • Disciplinary tribunals
  • Coronial inquests
  • Environment and Planning
  • Privacy/Freedom of Information
  • Crime
  • Children’s Court
  • Traffic Offences

Marissa has a broad administrative law practice and is also experienced in conducting statutory prosecutions.

Her practice has a particular focus in planning and environment law and she has an interest in disciplinary matters and coronial inquests.

At the Bar, Marissa has been briefed to appear and advise in a broad range of matters in the following areas:

Administrative law, including:

  • VCAT merits review for Victorian state government departments/agencies in the areas of licensing, private security, Working with Children Checks and freedom of information. See for example K & M Harris Pty Ltd v Chief Commissioner of Police [2017] VCAT 1777; ZZN v Firearms Appeals Committee [2017] VCAT 1563; Gilmore v Victoria Police FOI Division [2018] VCAT 899; Glascott v VicRoads [2018] VCAT 1472 and Shirley v Secretary to the Department of Justice and Regulation [2018] VCAT 1247
  • Judicial review proceedings including advice regarding potential questions of law and prospects of success on appeal. See for example Khan v VCAT [2018] VSC 549
  • Appearing before the Suitability Panel established pursuant to the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 in hearings concerning allegations made against out of home carers
  • Appearing on behalf of Victoria Legal Aid in applications pursuant to s 197 Criminal Procedure Act 2009
  • Appearing on behalf of the Attorney-General in the Supreme Court and County Court in proceedings under the Crimes (Mental Impairment Unfitness To Be Tried) Act 1997.

Planning and environment and property including:

  • Trials and appeals in the Valuation, Compensation and Planning List of the Supreme Court see for example Alex Fraser Pty Ltd v Minister for Planning [2018] VSC 391 (led by Andrew Woods) and Konann Pty Ltd v Casey City Council [2018] VSC 565 (led by Greg Harris QC);
  • Acting for permit applicants in VCAT merits review proceedings. See for example Carringbush Property Group Pty Ltd v Moreland CC [2017] VCAT 1066 (led by Paul Connor QC); 3 Dickens Street Pty Ltd v Boroondara CC [2017] VCAT 2144 (regarding whether an application was amended) (led by Paul Connor QC); Bryan v Boroondara CC [2018] VCAT 1057 (heritage case) (led by Paul Connor QC); McIntosh v Yarra Ranges SC [2018] VCAT 857 (reverse amenity and repeat appeal case) (led by Paul Connor QC) and Moda Armadale v Stonnington CC [2018] VCAT 1581 (led by Susan Brennan SC); and
  • Advising and appearing on behalf of EPA Victoria in VCAT merits review proceedings; and
  • Providing advice regarding property disputes including easements and adverse possession

Criminal law including:

  • Statutory prosecutions pursuant to the Planning and Environment Act 1986; Food Act 1984; Building Act; Domestic Animals Act and Legal Profession Uniform Law.

Immediately before joining the Bar, Marissa was the Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Emerton (now a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria), at which time her Honour was both the judge in charge of the Valuation, Compensation and Planning List and a Judge of the Criminal Division. As an associate, Marissa worked on complex criminal matters, appeals from the Planning and Environment List at VCAT and common law disputes in the area of land valuation and compulsory acquisition.

Prior to her associateship, Marissa worked as a solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office. During her time there, she represented Victorian state government departments and agencies in a broad range of administrative law proceedings.

Marissa holds a Masters of Law from New York University as well as Bachelor of Arts and Law (with Honours) from the University of NSW. She read with Rachel Ellyard and her Senior Mentor was Peter Hanks QC.


From 6th May 2016, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation. 



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