Appointment of Acting Judge for Eastman proceedings


Appointment of Acting Judge for Eastman proceedings

The appointment of the Judge for the Eastman proceedings has now been made – Acting Judge the Hon Anthony Whealy QC has been appointed to the ACT Supreme Court.

The Eastman proceedings are well known in the ACT Community.

In September 2014, the ACT’s chief judge disqualified herself from hearing a bail hearing over David Eastman’s bail conditions.  Chief Justice Helen Murrell had discovered a personal connection with a witness, who she did not name, and put the matter over for another judge to deal with on Monday.

There is a stay application currently on foot.  Mr David Eastman has applied for a stay against the Director of Public Prosecution’s decision to re-try him for the 1989 murder of Colin Winchester. This stay application is scheduled to be heard in 2015.

The Acting Justice Whealy has been a solicitor since 1965 and a barrister since 1971.  He practiced as a Queen’s Counsel from 1984 to 2000.  From 2000 to 2012 he was a Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW, then a Judge of the NSW Court of Appeal from 2010 to 2012.

Since that time, Mr Whealy has also been the Chair of the COAG Committee on Counter-Terrorism Laws, an Acting Judge of Appeal in Western Australia and Assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission against Corruption.

He is also currently a part-time Commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission, Deputy Chair of the NSW Sentencing Council, a University Visitor for the Catholic University and a consultant for the Judicial Commission of NSW.

(January 2015) 


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