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New appointment of Chief Executive and Principal Registrar of the High Court.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 • Telephone (02) 6277 7300 • Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.ag.gov.au/ag

23 July 2007 153/2007

NEW APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND PRINCIPAL REGISTRAR OF THE HIGH COURT

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the appointment of Mr Andrew Phelan as Chief Executive and Principal Registrar of the High Court of Australia.

“I welcome the appointment of Mr Phelan and I know his extensive experience will be a great asset to the High Court of Australia,” Mr Ruddock said.

“Mr Phelan has held a number of senior executive appointments in the Australian Public Service and is currently Executive Director, Infrastructure and Corporate Services with the Australian Crime Commission.

“He has held this position since 2003.”

From 1998 to 2003 Mr Phelan was General Manager of Corporate Services with the Family Court of Australia. He has published in the field of judicial administration and is a former member of the Council of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration.

“In 2001 Mr Phelan was awarded a Senior Executive Fellowship by the Government, through which he examined the ways in which courts around the world have responded to the changing needs of the communities they serve,” Mr Ruddock said.

“Mr Phelan holds degrees in Arts (Honours), Law and Business and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1978. “

“He will take up his appointment on 20 July 2007, succeeding Mr Chris Doogan AM, who has been Chief Executive and Principal Registrar of the High Court since 1994.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Doogan for the way in which he has carried out his duties over that period and to wish him the very best for the future.”

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