Australia’s Family and Federal Circuit Court appoint Senior Registrars

The Federal Family and Federal Circuit Court have announced the appointment of three Senior Registrars as part of an ongoing and extensive recruitment process.

Anne-Marie Rice (based in Brisbane), Rohan Hoult (based in the Melbourne) and Colin Campbell (based in Sydney) have all been appointed Senior Registrars – with their appointments to take effect from 13 July 2020.

Family Court of Australia Chief Justice and Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Will Alstergren said the appointments come at a significant time for the Courts as they continue to implement a range of reforms that aim to provide additional support to judges, enhance alternative dispute resolution within the Courts, and importantly, reduce delays.

“I sincerely welcome the appointment of such highly skilled and well-regarded practitioners to the Courts and I am confident that their enormous wealth of experience will be extremely beneficial to the judiciary and to the litigants who come before the Courts.”

Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the Courts David Pringle said: “These initial appointments form part of a broader and ongoing recruitment process nationally to fill the roles of Senior Registrars and Registrars in both Courts for funded projects and vacant positions.

“The Registrar recruitment will be critical in assisting to support the work of judges and in providing enhanced case management practices across both Courts.”

As part of her role, Ms Rice will lead at an executive level nationally in dispute resolution within the Courts.


Ms Rice, in response to her Brisbane-based appointment, said: “The Courts have long espoused the view that a trial is a place of last resort for separated families and this role presents an important opportunity to actively assist those families who are able to reach agreement without the need for a trial but to also enable those who do require judicial determination to access those resources.”

“I am delighted to join the Courts and look forward to drawing on my technical family law expertise and dispute resolution skills in this unique forum.”

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