The Southern Young Lawyers Committee is calling all jokers out there to join us for the Golden Gavel on Friday 13 August.

The Golden Gavel is an opportunity for lawyers to showcase their comedic genius, and for the winner to possibly* win a trip to Brisbane to compete in the national Golden Gavel Final in September. Participants are given five minutes to argue their case on a usually far-fetched legal topic – revealed only 24 hours beforehand, and judged by an esteemed panel of notable comedians.

Judges: Kate Cuthbertson (Tasmanian Bar), Simon Nicholson (ODPP), Nick Edmonson (Immediate past winner)

This year the Gavel takes place at one of Hobart’s most iconic comedy and performance venues – the Kissing Room at the Grand Poobah.

While only young lawyers (35 or under) may represent Tasmania at the national competition, WE INVITE ALL LAWYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GOLDEN GAVEL. Entrants can nominate themselves by emailing, messaging us on Facebook, or by contacting

We hope to see a big turnout from the legal profession for this hilarious event.

When: Friday 13 August 2021 from 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Kissing Room at The Grand Poobah – upstairs at 142 Liverpool Street

$20 entry on the door

Participants will have free admission to the event

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*Subject to COVID travel restrictions