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Victor started his law reporting career in the early 1980s when he worked as a reporter on the Australian Law Reports, the Australian Criminal Reports and the Family Law Reports. For a brief time, whilst in the U.K., he also worked as a reporter on the Law Reports of the Commonwealth.

In 1986, though he was not a South Australian practitioner, he was asked to fill in as Editor of the South Australian State Reports, following the retirement of the long serving Ralph Haigh. In the end Victor continued as Editor for over two years and oversaw the production of Volumes 43-49. He was the second Editor of the SASRs.

In 1990 he was appointed Editor of the Federal Court Reports, which are the authorised reports of the Federal Court of Australia. He was the third editor of the FCRs, beginning at Volume 20.

As at 1 September 2019 (with Volume 265 soon to go into production), Victor has thus overseen the production of 246 volumes.

In 1995 he was also appointed Editor of the companion Federal Law Reports. He has been Editor of that series, as at 1 September 2019, from Volume 118 through Volume 341, a total of 222 Volumes. His overall output as a law reports editor is 476 volumes, making him far and away the most prolific law reports editor in Australian jurisprudential history.

See Victor’s video interview on the subject of the authorized Federal Court Reports on the Thomson Reuters’ Law Reports flagship page: here.

See also the forward to Volume 224 of the Federal Court Reports by The Honourable Chief Justice James Allsop, AO: here.

Thomson Reuters Author Update – March 2015

Federal Court Reports marks an editorial anniversary

image008We celebrated a special anniversary in February, with barrister Victor Kline marking 25 years as Editor of the authorised Federal Court Reports, published by Thomson Reuters.

The company recognised the occasion at an event attended by Mr Kline and his partner Katharine, the Hon Justice Steven Rares of the Federal Court, Professor Joellen Riley, Dean of Law at the University of Sydney, Commercial Director Carl Olson, Federal Court reporters and Thomson Reuters law reports staff.

Mr Kline has now edited more than 200 volumes of the respected FCRs.

His anniversary comes at a time when courts and judges – some via strict practice directions – are emphasising the importance of corrected, authorised decisions (complete with erudite headnotes).

In an interview last year, Victor Kline said authorised reports were an essential part of our common law system. The FCRs are the repository and historical record of judge-made law in its jurisdiction, he said, “no more, no less”.

The head of that jurisdiction, The Honourable Chief Justice James Allsop AO, has paid tribute to Mr Kline’s long service and dedication in Volume 224 of the Reports. In his foreward, Chief Justice Allsop noted the increasing volume of legal matters being filed in the Federal Court. He cited a “continuing and growing” need for the dedicated, authorised reports of the Court.

In highlighting the value that such reports provide to practitioners, his Honour quoted Sir Walter Scott (from 1815):

“A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these,
he may venture to call himself an architect.”