Courts welcome much needed judicial appointments

The Family Court of Australia (FCoA) and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) welcome today’s government announcement to make the following judicial appointments.

  • Judge Paul Howard, who was promoted to FCoA in Brisbane by the FCC.
  • Barrister Jonathon Davis QC, appointed to FCC, Melbourne.
  • Jennifer Howe, Attorney at Law, appointed to FCC, Melbourne.
  • Senior Registrar Colin Campbell, FCC, Sydney.

All appointments begin on April 6, 2021.

Judge Howard has been a judge for the FCC in Brisbane since 2007, has extensive experience in family law and will now join the family court. Melbourne attorney Jonathon Davis QC has over 25 years of senior attorney experience in the fields of commercial, labor, immigration and administrative law. He will be based in Melbourne covering general federal law issues. Well respected Melbourne attorney Jennifer Howe is a specialist in family law and is known for her strong practice and professionalism as an advisor to the independent child advocate on many complex matters. Senior Registrar Campbell has been a court registrar for many years, most recently as a senior registrar. Campbell Senior Registrar will be based in both Wollongong and Sydney and will be a wonderful addition to both registries.

The Chief Justice of the Australian Family Court and Chief Justice of the Australian Federal Court, Hon Will Alstergren, welcomed the new appointments.

“These appointments come at a critical time for the courts as they are undertaking significant reforms to facilitate the merger of the two courts, including a single entry point and harmonized rules and case management forms starting September 1 this year. In addition to this historic change, the courts will continue to focus on initiatives aimed at reducing delays and improving risk assessment in family law matters.

“Now, perhaps more than ever, the courts are determined to continue to focus on reducing delays and giving significant priority to the health and safety of families involved in parental disputes. This includes the earliest possible identification of risks in family law proceedings to protect vulnerable parties and children. “

“Each judge brings his tremendous skill, professionalism, and diligence to court in both family law and general federal law. The appointment of such incredibly respected practitioners compliments the courts’ current cohort of outstanding and dedicated judges.”

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