Judges of the Family Court of Australia are appointed by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia under section 22 of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).
Judges usually appointed from the legal professional, although an appointment can be made whereby reason of training, experience and personality, the person is a suitable person to deal with matters of family law. The three new appointees have all been enrolled as a legal practitioner and are currently practising in the legal profession.
The appointees are:
· Mr Murray Aldridge SC
· Mr Peter Tree SC
· Ms Jenny Hogan SC
Mr Murray Aldridge SC was appointed Senior Counsel in 1999 and has appeared in a number of significant appeals in the Family Court of Australia. Mr Murray Aldridge SC, who will be appointed to the Sydney Registry and this will take effect from 13 December 2012.
Mr Peter Tree SC was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004 and has significant experience in family law. Mr Peter Tree SC will be appointed to the Townsville Registry and this will take effect from 14 January 2013.
Ms Jenny Hogan SC commenced practice as a barrister at the Queensland Bar in 1996. During her time at the Bar, Ms Hogan has specialised in family law matters. Ms Jenny Hogan SC will be appointed to the Brisbane Registry and this will take effect from 14 January 2013.
Before proceeding to discharge the duties of the office, an oath or affirmation of allegiance must be taken. The oath may be: “I, , do swear that I will well and truly serve in the office of Judge of the Family Court of Australia and that I will do right to all manner of people according to law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will, So help me God.”
Written by: Claire Naidu, Canberra Family Lawyer
Sources: Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), Family Law Courts and the Attorney-General’s Department.