The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Courts) welcome the government’s announcement to make the following appointments to the courts in Tasmania.
- Judge Terry McGuire, who was raised to the Family Court of Australia by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, was entered on the Hobart Register on May 22, 2021.
- Sandra Taglieri SC, Attorney-at-law, who was appointed to the Hobart and Launceston Registers of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia effective May 18, 2021, and
- Attorney Marcus Turnbull SC, who was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia on the Hobart and Launceston Registers effective May 24, 2021.
The courts welcome these much-needed appointments.
The Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia Hon Will Alstergren said the courts have worked incredibly hard to get new appointments and funding for the judiciary.
“I am delighted to have such highly qualified and experienced judges at our courts, who are Tasmanian locals. They play an important role in administering the judiciary and handling critical family laws and other disputes. Judge Terry McGuire has been an extremely busy and highly skilled Federal Circuit Court judge for the past 12 years. Sandra Taglieri SC is a very seasoned attorney and the immediate past president of the Tasmanian Bar Lawyer. Both are senior lawyers, well respected and leaders in the profession.
“The appointments come at an exciting time of change for the courts as the new merged federal and Family Court of Australia begins on September 1, 2021,” added the Chief Justice.
This announcement follows the allocation of additional US $ 100 million to the courts as announced in the 2021-22 federal budget. These funds, along with other recent funding, will allow the number of judges in the FCC to be increased from 68 to 76 and judges in the FCoA from 33 to 35 – a national increase of 10%.
In addition to judicial appointments, the courts for national employment have been funded by 112 (equivalent) family law positions, including senior registrars and other registrars, registrar support, family counselors plus support staff, indigenous liaison officers and legal staff.
The appointment of Judge McGuire to the Family Court replaces Judge Benjamin, who will officially retire on May 21, 2021 after serving nearly 16 years in the Tasmania Court. Judge Benjamin will then take up his new role as Commissioner to assist in investigating the Tasmanian government’s responses to child sexual abuse in institutional settings.
Chief Justice Alstergren acknowledges the tremendous contribution that Judge Benjamin has made to the Family Court and the Tasmanian community and, on behalf of the Court, wishes him all the best for his resignation from the bank and for his role as Commissioner. “
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