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Ceremonial Sitting of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia – Judge Patricia Cope

Speech delivered by Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, Law Council of Australia President, at the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Cairns, 15 October 2021.


"It is an honour to be with you all today.

In particular, I acknowledge Senator the Hon. Amanda Stoker, representing the Attorney-General; Chief Justice, The Hon. Justice William Alstergren; all judicial officers; dignitaries and colleagues; and most of all Your Honour and your Honour’s family who I know are proudly watching on today in person and online.

Fortuitously, I was here in Cairns on 23 July 2021, the day Your Honour’s elevation was announced. We sat in your office waiting until the announcement was made public. When it was, your phone ran hot, your emails pinged like a submarine closing on a target, and your staff were in tears of joy and pride; such was the welcomed response by all to your elevation.

And now, you join your dear friend Judge Willis AM, albeit now sitting in Brisbane. No more will the two of you be ‘no-speakies’ because you had a matter before Her Honour.

Unfortunately, you and I will now have the obligation of no speakies, when inevitably I have a matter before you here. Such are the important boundaries in our profession."

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