Two deputy chief judges appointed for FCFCOA

The Federal Government has appointed two deputy chief judges for Division 2 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA).

Federal Attorney-General Michaela Cash announced on Friday that current Deputy Chief Justice Robert McClelland had been appointed as the Deputy Chief Judge (Family Law) in Division 2 of the Court and Deputy Chief Judge Patrizia Mercuri had been appointed as the Deputy Chief Judge (General and Fair Work).

FCFCOA Chief Justice Will Alstergrensaid he was delighted with the appointments.

“Both Deputy Chief Justice McClelland and Deputy Chief Judge Mercuri have made outstanding contributions to the courts, and have already demonstrated their leadership skills,” he said.

“Both deputy chief judges will provide invaluable assistance to me with the management of the business of the court across all jurisdictions.”

Deputy Chief Justice McClelland was appointed as a judge of the Family Court in June 2015.


Justice McClelland has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Laws and was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales as a solicitor in 1982, and signed the Bar roll in 2011. Deputy Chief Justice McClelland was elected as the federal Member for Barton in 1996 and served as Commonwealth Attorney-General from 2007 to 2011 and Vice President of the Executive Council from 2010 to 2012.

Deputy Chief Judge Mercuri was appointed to the Melbourne Registry of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia on 25 September 2017. Her Honour graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from Monash University, and was admitted to practice as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1991.

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