The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have announced the appointment of seven registrars, including three based in the Brisbane Registry – Geraldine Hibberd, Myles Walker and Samuel Gray.
The appointments will provide support to the courts’ judges and are seen as essential in implementing government‐funded projects including the Lighthouse Project, an initiative in the way in which the courts will screen for risk and focus on public health and improved outcomes for families involved in the family law system.
The appointments supplement a number of recent internal and external appointments of senior registrars and registrars.
Gerardine Hibberd, who has been appointed as a registrar, has almost 14 years of experience as a family law practitioner and over the last four years has practised exclusively as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. She has been engaged as a sessional academic at the University of Southern Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, teaching in a variety of undergraduate subjects in law.
Myles Walker, also appointed as a registrar, has an Applied Masters in Applied Family Law and is a QLS accredited specialist in family law. Last year he was listed in Doyle’s Guide as a recommended parenting lawyer for regional Queensland and in 2020 as a rising star in family law for Queensland.
Samuel Gray, appointed an assistant registrar, has experience in family law both as a legal practitioner and as a mediator in his own practice. He is trained in collaborative family law practice and will also take on a position in a cohort of National ADR Registrars, supporting Anne‐Marie Rice, Senior Registrar and Executive Director Dispute Resolution.