Tag: judicial appointments

Turning lawyers into judges is a public responsibility

BY JESSICA KERR

Much is expected of judicial officers in Australia. They are unique public figures holding an ‘extraordinary, status-based position’, a focal point for discussions of confidence in the justice system and the strength of national commitment … Read the rest

Will the Heydon scandal finally produce judicial appointments reform?

 BY ANDREW LYNCH

This week’s shocking revelations about the complaints of sexual harassment of young female associates working for Justice Dyson Heydon in his years on the High Court have prompted many reactions. Foremost has been admiration for the bravery … Read the rest

Politicians as Judges

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BY DOUGLAS MCDONALD-NORMAN

Judicial appointments of serving or former politicians were once commonplace in Australia. Thirteen members of state, federal or colonial Parliaments have been appointed to the High Court of Australia. However, the last former parliamentarian on the High … Read the rest

Judicial gender diversity in Australia – can we talk about quotas?

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BY ANDREW LYNCH

There is a distinct irony that while the current Commonwealth Attorney-General has unapologetically reclaimed complete executive discretion over federal judicial appointments, the Premier of Victoria has announced that his government will meet a 50 per cent quota … Read the rest

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