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Judicial College working group meets.

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3 November 2000


I am pleased to announce that the working group that will explore the establishment of an Australian Judicial College will meet for the first time today.

In its Managing Justice report the Australian Law Reform Commission recommended the creation of such a college which would have responsibility for the professional development of judges and judicial officers on a national basis.

My discussions with the judiciary indicate that there is widespread support among the judiciary for an Australian Judicial College.

The issue has been also been discussed with the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, which decided that a working group be established to explore the proposal.

The members consists of judicial officers from Commonwealth and State courts and officers from the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victorian and Western Australian Governments. It will be chaired by Chief Justice John Doyle, Supreme Court, South Australia and Mr Robert Cornall, Secretary, Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. The other members are:

Justice John Dowsett, Federal Court, Brisbane; Justice John Byrne, Supreme Court of Queensland; Chief Judge Reginald Blanch, District Court, New South Wales; Magistrate Sue O’Connor, South Australia; Mr Laurie Glanfield, Director-General, New South Wales Attorney-General’s Department;

Mr Robert Meadows QC, Solicitor-General for Western Australia; Professor Peter Sallmann, Crown Counsel, Victoria; and Ms Kathy Leigh, Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.

The working group will provide a report to the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General on options for establishing an Australian Judicial College including its role,

nature and structure; arrangements for funding; and management, operation and administration. For example, the working group will consider whether such a college should be affiliated with a university and the types of programs that might appropriately be provided. These include orientation for new judges, continuing education in legal developments, managing cases and training in social context issues.

I look forward to receiving the report of the working group.

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