Expressions of interest (EOI) for judicial appointments to the Federal Court of Australia (Federal Court) and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) (Divisions 1 and 2) have opened.
The Law Council of Australia encourages those suitably qualified to submit an EOI through the Attorney-General’s Department’s website.
This is the first time judicial appointments of this kind are subject to an open EOI process.
On 21 July, Commonwealth Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus KC announced the Government was seeking EOIs nationally for judicial appointments.
“This process is aimed at opening the door to diverse candidates who reflect the Australian community, who may otherwise have been overlooked. This can only strengthen our legal system, and bolster the connection between the bench and the Australians they serve,” he said.
“This reform implements a key recommendation made by the Australian Law Reform Commission, in its Without Fear or Favour: Judicial Impartiality and the Law on Bias report, published in December 2021.
“As promised, this Government is delivering a transparent process for appointing federal judicial officers based on merit, involving the publication of criteria for appointment, public calls for expressions of interest, and a commitment to promoting diversity in the judiciary.
“While nominations are sought across all Registries for both courts, the New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian Registries of the Federal Court, are in particular need at this time.”
The EOI process will close on 4 August. Further information about the positions can be found here, while direct enquiries can be sent to JudicialAppointments@ag.gov.au.