Ceremonial Welcome for Justice Richard Schonell SC
Speech delivered online by Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, Law Council of Australia President at the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Sydney, 14 December 2021.
"Madam Attorney, Chief Justice, all judicial officers, signatories, friends – and critically, Your Honour and your family.
Justice Schonell, it is an honour to address the Court on behalf of the 90,000 Australian lawyers to welcome your appointment. In doing so, I acknowledge your family: your mother Margaret; your sister Catherine and her husband Frank; your brothers Stefan and Jamie; your wife Rosemary; your son Alexander and his partner Marie; your daughter Tilley and her partner Arnav; and nieces and nephews Sam, Grace, Charlotte, and Asher.
Madam Attorney, as my Presidency of the Law Council of Australia draws to an end, the most frequent thing I have done is speak at ceremonies such as this, to welcome appointments. The family lawyers of Australia thank you for your excellent appointments and their timely nature. We all very much appreciate your understanding, that family law matters.
Justice Schonell, you fit firmly into that category of an excellent appointment."