Category Archives: Judges

Appointment of Justin Smith to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

On 27 JANUARY 2015, Mr Justin Smith SC was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

According to the Federal Attorney General:

“Mr Smith graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1992 and was appointed Senior Counsel earlier this year.
Mr Smith’s primary areas of practice are administrative law (including migration, customs and taxation law), commercial and equity law, insolvency, succession and regulatory and disciplinary cases as well as varied appellate work. Mr Smith volunteered at Redfern Legal Centre between 1993 and 1997, where he provided free legal advice and took on pro bono matters both at trial and on appeal.”

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Appointment of Ian Newbrun to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

ON 4 FEBRUARY 2015, Ian Newbrun was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

According to the Federal Attorney General:

“Mr Newbrun graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney in 1979 and a Masters of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1981. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1982.
Mr Newbrun’s primary areas of practice are common law actions, will disputes, insurance law, contractual and other commercial disputes and administrative law. He is currently the New South Wales Chairperson of the Federal Medicare Participation Review Committee and a Deputy Chairperson of the New South Wales Health Profession Tribunals since 2012. He has been a panel advisor to the New South Wales Refugee Review Tribunal Legal Advice Scheme. Mr Newbrun is a qualified arbitrator hearing referred actions from the NSW Local and District Courts.”

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Appointment of Salvatore Vasta to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

On 1 JANUARY 2015, Mr Salvatore Vasta was appointed as a member of the Federal Court of Australia.

According to the Federal Attorney General:

“Mr Vasta graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts in 1984. He graduated from the Barrister’s Admission Board in 1990 and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland that same year. Mr Vasta was admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia in 2003.
Mr Vasta started his legal career as a legal officer in the Queensland Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in 1990. During his career, he has been a Queensland Crown Prosecutor, Senior Crown Prosecutor and is the current Principal Crown Prosecutor at the Queensland ODPP.
Mr Vasta is a Member of the Bar Association of Queensland and is the Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Cricket Board. He is the Vice-President of the International Association of Prosecutors and the President of the Crown Prosecutors Association of Queensland.”

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Appointment of Alexander (Sandy) Street SC to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

On 1 JANUARY 2015, Mr Alexander (Sandy) Street was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

According to the Federal Attorney General:

“Mr Street graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, in 1982 with a Bachelor of Laws. He was first admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1982 and has subsequently been admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts of the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia. Mr Street was appointed Senior Counsel in New South Wales in 1996 and Queen’s Counsel in Western Australia in 1997. He was also admitted to practice in New Zealand in 2001.
With more than 30 years’ experience at the Bar, Mr Street has a broad range of subject matter expertise. His areas of practice have included constitutional law, commercial law, corporations law, banking and administrative law, bankruptcy and insolvency, energy and mining, international arbitration, maritime and admiralty law, competition law, military law, insurance and reinsurance, and appellate matters.
Mr Street joined the Royal Australian Navy Reserves as a Lieutenant in 1987 and has been promoted to the rank of Commander. He served as the Deputy Head of the Sydney Naval Legal Panel for two years.”

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Appointment of the Hon Justice James Edelman

ON 20 APRIL 2015, the Hon Justice James Edelman will commence his appointment as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, to replace the Hon Justice Peter Jacobson.

According to the Federal Attorney General:

“Justice Edelman graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Economics in 1995 and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours in 1996, and from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1997. He was awarded a Rhodes scholarship in 1998 and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from the University of Oxford in 2001.
Justice Edelman was admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1998. He practiced as a barrister at the Chambers of Mr Malcolm McCusker QC in Perth and at the Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC at the English Bar.
Justice Edelman continues to teach as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia. He is also a Conjoint Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales.”

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Appointment of Michael Crompton as Magistrate

Michael Crompton will be sworn in as a NSW Local Court Magistrate on 23 February 2015 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court.

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Appointment of Gary Wilson as Magistrate

Gary Wilson will be sworn in as a NSW Local Court Magistrate on 23 February 2015 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre Local Court.

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Appointment of Andrew Scotting to NSW Dust Diseases Tribunal and District Court

Andrew Scotting will be sworn in as a Judge of the Dust Diseases Tribunal and District Court of NSW on 17 February 2015.

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Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

ON 10 DECEMBER 2014, Federal Attorney-General Senator George Brandis QC announced the following appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal:

  • Deputy President: Mr Gary Humphries.
  • Senior Member: Dr James Popple.

Senator Brandis also announced the reappointments of Senior Members McDermott, Ettinger and O’Loughlin and Members Hughes and Alexander.

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Judge Helen Wilson SC appointed to NSW Supreme Court

New South Wales Attorney General today announced that District Court Judge Helen Wilson SC has been appointed to the Supreme Court of NSW.

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