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New ADF appointments for Australian Military Court.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Bruce Billson, MP Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence MINASSIST 049/2007 Wednesday, 19 September 2007 NEW ADF APPOINTMENTS FOR AUSTRALIAN MILITARY COURT Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence Bruce Billson today announced three important military justice appointments that will further enhance the impartiality and fairness of the Australian military justice system. In response to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee report on ‘The effectiveness of Australia’s military justice system’, the Australian Government agreed to establish the Australian Military Court consisting of a Chief Military Judge, two permanent military judges, and up to eight part time military judges. “The statutory appointment of the Chief Military Judge and military judges by the Governor-General will enhance the independence of the Australian Military Court, a significant change to the military justice system,” Mr Billson said. “The Chief Military Judge was selected through an independent merit selection process which considered attributes such as experience, professional knowledge, expertise and personal qualities. Applicants came from qualified Permanent and Reserve ADF legal officers or any other person who satisfied the statutory selection criteria.” The new Australian Military Court will deal with the same offences as the current Courts Martial and Defence Force Magistrates trials, however it reports to Parliament, not the chain of command. Mr Billson said the Minister for Defence had nominated Brigadier Ian Westwood, AM to be appointed as the first Chief Military Judge by the Governor-General. “Brigadier Westwood will hold the Chief Military Judge appointment for a term of 10 years on a salary set by the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal,” Mr Billson said. Brigadier Westwood has 24 years’ military law experience gained through full-time Army service. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1978. Prior to his appointment as Chief Military Judge, Brigadier Westwood held the statutory appointment of Chief Judge Advocate and performed duty as a Judge Advocate and Defence Force Magistrate. The other two appointments are those of the two permanent military judges. “Military judges will possess personal qualities such as integrity, fairness, maturity, sound temperament and a commitment to military justice,” Mr Billson said. “They will also demonstrate intellectual and analytical skills, sound judgment, decisiveness and the capacity to command authority. This will be supported by the ability to communicate fairly, effectively and courteously with all court users.”

Mr Billson said that the Minister for Defence had nominated Colonel Peter Morrison and Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Woodward to be appointment as the permanent military judges by the Governor- General for a term of 10 years.

Colonel Morrison has extensive legal experience spanning over 26 years, combining a mix of both private and military practice. He is currently a Judge Advocate and Defence Force Magistrate.

Lieutenant Colonel Woodward has been a senior prosecutor for the ACT and a commercial litigation practitioner and was prior to her appointment as a military judge, the Director of Advisings, General Counsel Branch with the Department of Defence. She also spent seven years as a permanent legal officer in the Australian Army.

Mr Billson said these appointments would help ensure a fair and impartial military justice system for the Australian Military Court.

“I congratulate Brigadier Westwood, Colonel Morrison and Lieutenant Colonel Woodward on being selected for these important positions which will become effective from 1 October 2007,” Mr Billson said.

Note: Biographies for Brigadier Ian Westwood, Colonel Peter Morrison and Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Woodward can be found at http://www.defence.gov.au/media/index.cfm

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CURRICULUM VITAE Brigadier Ian Denis Westwood AM

Brigadier Ian Westwood was born on 11 September 1953 in Sydney. After completing his secondary education at Brisbane State High, he won a Commonwealth scholarship to read Law at the Universities of Brisbane and Sydney, graduating in 1977. He was admitted to practise as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in June 1978, following completion of two years articles of clerkship.

Brigadier Westwood was appointed to the Australian Army Legal Corps (Regular Army) in August 1983 as a Direct Entry Officer, leaving private practice in Sydney, where he was an associate with Messrs Smithers Warren Davenport Mant. He had previously served in the Citizens Military Forces, firstly with Queensland University Regiment in 1972 and 1973 and subsequently in the Australian Army Legal Corps from 1981.

Brigadier Westwood has been Legal officer at Headquarters 1st Brigade, Chief Legal Officer 3rd Military District, Legal Officer to the Headquarters Logistic Command Commercial Support Project, as well as holding various staff appointments in the Directorate of Army Legal Services. In these postings, he advised across a broad range of legal issues including contractual issues in connection with the Commercial Support Program, administrative law issues, including the conduct of complex boards of inquiry and, extensively, in discipline law. As Chief Legal Officer 3rd Military District, he managed Army’s legal resources within Victoria and the Albury/Wodonga military area.

Since 1992, Brigadier Westwood has sat as a Judge Advocate and as a Defence Force Magistrate in connection with trials conducted under the arrangements preceding the establishment of the Australian Military Court.

In 1993 he obtained an LL.M from the US Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

He was the inaugural Director of the Complaints Resolution Agency. He has also been counsel assisting numerous boards of inquiry, including second counsel to the 1996 Blackhawk Board.

In 1999 - 2000 he served with INTERFET in East Timor, establishing and commanding the Detainee Management Unit (DMU). Pending the establishment of a court structure under the authority of the UN, the DMU provided an interim review of the detention of civilians suspected of committing serious offences.

He was promoted to brigadier in December 2005.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Military Judge, Brigadier Westwood held the statutory appointment of Chief Judge Advocate, and was a legal officer appointed to report upon the adequacy of proceedings before courts martial and Defence Force Magistrates. He is actively involved with the provision of legal training and is a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.

Brigadier Westwood was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2007 Australia Day Honours for exceptional service in the field of military law, particularly as Chief Judge Advocate.

Brigadier Westwood is married and has one child. He resides in Canberra.

CURRICULUM VITAE Colonel Peter John Morrison

Colonel Morrison was born on 26 July 1958.

Colonel Morrison has a Masters of Laws from Queensland University of Technology.

In 1975, Colonel Morrison commenced articles of clerkship with the Townsville legal practice of Dean Gillian and Thompson under Queensland Solicitors’ Admission Board system.

Colonel Morrison enlisted in the Australian Army in 1980. In 1984 he assumed Australian Army Legal Corp duties as a reserve legal officer, a position which he held until 2004.

Colonel Morrison was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1981.

From 1981 to 1984, Colonel Morrison was a Solicitor with Dean Gillman and Thompson in Townsville, Queensland. In 1984, he became a Partner in that firm and in 1993 a Partner in the Townsville firm of Roberts Leu and North, following the merger of those two practices. Following another practice merger in 2000, Colonel Morrison became a Partner, and then Managing Partner in the Townsville firm of Roberts Nehmer McKee, a position which he held until his appointment.

In 1993, Colonel Morrison became Partner at Roberts Leu and North Solicitors in Townsville, Queensland, which he held until 2000.

Colonel Morrison was prior to his appointment as a military judge a part time Judge Advocate and Defence Force Magistrate.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Ann Woodward

Lieutenant Colonel Woodward was born on 10 March 1957.

Lieutenant Colonel Woodward has a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.

From 1980 to 1985, Lieutenant Colonel Woodward was a Commercial Litigation Practitioner.

From 1985 to 1991 she was a Legal Officer in the Australian Regular Army.

In 1991, Lieutenant Colonel Woodward became a Senior Prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for the ACT, a position she held until 2004.

Lieutenant Colonel Woodward is a Legal Officer in the Army and was prior to her appointment as a military judge the Director of Advisings, General Counsel Branch with the Department of Defence.