Following recent controversy over judicial appointments (see DUAO 39(3)), the latest round of appointments has been more positively received. Judge Kerry O’Brien, previously Judge Administrator of the District Court, was appointed to replace Chief Judge Patsy Wolf who has recently retired. Additionally, the Attorney-General announced on 23 October 2014 the appointments of Judge Paul Smith to Judge Administrator; and Helen Bowskill QC, Dean Morzone QC, Suzanne Sheridan, and Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Burnett as Judges of the District Court.
Prior to these latest appointments, of 20 new judges only one woman has been appointed by the present government.
It is therefore notable that the present round of appointments includes a further two women.
- Category: DUAO - 2014 - Vol 39(4)