Law Council of Australia


Ceremonial Sitting of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia – Judge Jennifer McArdle

Speech delivered by Elizabeth Shearer, on behalf of the President of the Law Council of Australia, at the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Brisbane, 27 February 2023.

"May it please the Court.

I acknowledge the Jagera people and the Turrbal people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this Court sits, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. I pay my respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here today.

It is a pleasure to be present to welcome Judge McArdle on behalf of the Law Council of Australia and the Queensland Law Society.

Your Honour is very well known in the legal community, and particularly the family law community in Queensland.

The fact you that have spent your life studying, working and living in this state means many of us in this room have been fortunate to cross paths with you at one time or another.

I myself, worked with Your Honour at Legal Aid Queensland some years ago, and I know first hand, like so many others present who have shared your professional journey, of the qualities you possess that will equip you so well to carry out the demanding role of Judge of this Court."

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