Ceremonial Sitting of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia – the Honourable Justice Neil McKerracher
Speech delivered by Jocelyne Boujos, President of the Law Society of Western Australia on behalf of the Law Council of Australia, 3 December 2021.
"May it please the Court.
I first acknowledge the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
I also acknowledge all judicial officers, dignitaries, family, friends, and, most of all: Justice McKerracher, I am honoured to appear on behalf the Law Society of Western Australia and the Law Council of Australia to congratulate you on an exemplary career.
While delivering the 2018 Annual Quayside Oration , Chief Justice Allsop AO said: “the law is human in its character, and in its object. Law, being society's relational rules and principles that govern and control all exercises of power, must have a character and form that is adapted to, and suited for, application to law's human task. An appreciation of this humanity of the law is central to its proper expression and to preserving its strength."