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Law Council of Australia


Policy Statement - Process of Judicial Appointments

26 June 2021

This Policy on the Process of Judicial Appointments (this Policy) addresses the key processes and principles which the Law Council considers should govern the appointment of judicial officers in the Federal Courts and Tribunals of Australia. This Policy is designed to ensure transparency in Federal judicial appointments and diversity in Australia’s judicial officers.

These outcomes will promote public trust in the administration of justice and further the Law Council’s key objects to promote the rule of law in the public interest and to advance the profession and the ethical standards of legal institutions.

This Policy is the third which has been developed by the Law Council on the subject of judicial appointment processes and builds upon changes made to the original policy (dated 2002) in the second policy (dated 2008).

This Policy was approved by Law Council Directors in June 2021.


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