The Cultural Diversity Justice Network brings together individual Cultural Diversity Advocates from courts and tribunals around Australia into a professional network, with the aim of supporting and inspiring each other to raise greater awareness for cultural diversity and improve access to justice for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australian courts and tribunals.
The Network is the primary mechanism through which Cultural Diversity Advocates receive resources and support from Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity (JCCD), and provide feedback back to the JCCD on issues experienced within their jurisdiction.
The Network primarily focuses on recommendations for adapting court and tribunal policies and practice to enhance their cultural responsiveness, acknowledging that enabling cultural considerations does not provide advantage, but rather provides an assurance that all Australians are treated equally before the law and have access to justice.
The Network is composed of Cultural Diversity Advocates from each level of court and tribunal in every state and territory in Australia, who have been nominated by their head of jurisdiction to be responsible for issues relating to cultural and linguistic diversity and access to justice in their jurisdiction. The Network reports periodically to the JCCD to provide updates on implementation initiatives, and issues arising, for the consideration of the JCCD.
Justice Bampton chaired the South Australian Indigenous Justice Committee and the South Australian Indigenous Law Students’ Mentoring Program Management Committee, as well as representing South Australia on a number of national Indigenous justice committees between 2014 and 2017. Her Honour is the Supreme Court of South Australia’s Cultural Diversity Advocate for the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity. Justice Bampton chairs the Higher Courts Redevelopment Project Working Party, tasked with the delivery of three additional jury capable criminal courtrooms and the redevelopment of the Supreme Court civil precinct. Justice Bampton acts as a mentor to women appointed to the Step Up to the Bar Program in the Supreme Court.
Judge Blake was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia on 30 January 2019.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Blake was a Partner in large law firms where he practised in the areas of Employment, Discrimination, Workplace Safety and Industrial Law matters.
His Honour was consistently recognised as a leading practitioner in these areas. He was considered to be a pre-eminent practitioner in Australia by Asia-Pacific Legal 500 in the area of Employment Law. He was year after year recognised as a leading practitioner by Best Lawyers and Doyles Guides.
Since his appointment, Judge Blake hears cases across the jurisdictions of the Federal Circuit Court including employment disputes, migration, family law, bankruptcy and administrative law.
Justice Judith Kelly completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and a Diploma of Education in 1976, working as a teacher in Batchelor, in the Northern Territory, from 1977 to 1982. She graduated in Law with honours from the University of Queensland in 1985 and was first admitted as a barrister in Queensland in 1986, then worked as a solicitor in the Northern Territory, becoming a partner of Morris Fletcher and Cross (later Philip & Mitaros, then Clayton Utz). She went to the independent bar, joining William Forster Chambers in Darwin, in 1996. Her practice had a focus on commercial litigation, banking and insolvency with some insurance, construction, admiralty and native title law. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008 and a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in 2009.
Luke Davis was appointed as a Magistrate in 2013, and as a Youth Court Magistrate in 2016. Prior to this, Luke worked for many years as a solicitor and barrister with the Legal Services Commission of South Australia, where he began in 1991 as a Duty Solicitor to the Youth and Magistrate’s Courts as well as to Cavan Youth Training Centre, the Adelaide Remand Centre and Yatala Labour Prison, as well as Northfield Women’s Prison. Luke has had extensive experience of grass roots, social justice advocacy and has acted for clients from many different cultures and circumstances, including asylum seekers. Luke has an interest in restorative justice, Youth justice and specialist family violence intervention courts and has presented papers nationally on the role of Men’s behavioural change groups within the South Australian context. Luke has also spoken to the legal profession of his personal experience with depression and the importance of seeking help.
Judge Glancy was appointed to the District Court of Western Australia commencing on 9 January 2018.
Her Honour was appointed as Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal for a five year term commencing on 21 October 2020.
Prior to her appointment to the District Court Judge Glancy had spent the entirety of her legal career in public service at the State Solicitor’s Office, where she commenced as an Articled Clerk in 1993. Immediately prior to her appointment she held the position of Deputy State Solicitor.
Her Honour graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Industrial Relations) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours).
Judge Pillay was appointed to the County Court of Victoria in August 2019. Judge Pillay sits in the Common Law Division and hears trials involving work accidents, transport accidents and medical negligence.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Pillay worked as a solicitor before then signing the Victorian Bar roll in 2003 where he worked mainly in the occupational health and safety, administrative law and personal injury fields.
Whilst at the Victorian Bar, Judge Pillay appeared in a number of complex matters including appearing in the first case of damages brought by an asylum seeker for injuries sustained while detained on Manus Island in February 2014. He also represented numerous statutory bodies including the Medical Panels Victoria, the Nurses Board of Victoria, the Victims of Crimes Assistance Tribunal and the Legal Aid Commission.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Anthony Gett was appointed a Magistrate in January 2013 and thereafter spent three years in Far North Queensland, which included presiding in regional indigenous communities in Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands. Prior to becoming a Magistrate, he was admitted as a barrister and spent almost thirteen years at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions as a federal prosecutor.
For some eight of those years as a Federal Prosecutor he worked mainly in the prosecution of child exploitation offences. He appeared as counsel in the prosecution of such offences in all courts from the High Court of Australia to the Magistrates Court of Queensland. He has presented papers at numerous international and domestic conferences on child exploitation offences, including as a keynote speaker to the Council of the European Union in 2012 in Copenhagen.
More recently in 2015 and in 2016, Deputy Chief Magistrate Anthony Gett travelled to various parts of Indonesia on nine occasions as part of an Australian Government assistance program for judicial co-operation and capacity building with that country’s judicial officers. Deputy Chief Magistrate Anthony Gett has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian-based International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law since 2004 and in 2019 he won that society’s President’s Medal.
Michelle Howard is a Senior Member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). She has held full-time appointments at QCAT since 2009, initially as a Member and more recently as a Senior Member.
Admitted as a lawyer since 1986, Michelle holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws (Public Law). She formerly worked in private practice as a solicitor and in government roles, across broad jurisdictional areas. She previously held appointments as a Member of the Guardianship and Administrative Tribunal (2000-2006), the Mental Health Review Tribunal (2002-2005), and the Children Services Tribunal (2005-2006). For some four years Michelle was the Public Advocate, Queensland (2006-2009), a role in which she advocated for systemic change to law, policy and service provision to protect the rights and interests of vulnerable Queenslanders from diverse backgrounds who have impaired decision-making capacity.
Chief Judge Morris was appointed to the Local Court in the Northern Territory in 2010. Prior to that her roles included appointments as Deputy Coroner, Executive Director of Racing, Gaming and Licensing and Deputy CEO of the Department of Justice in the Northern Territory. She was named the NT’s Children’s Lawyer of the Year in 1999 and formerly worked as a barrister and solicitor with the NT Legal Aid Commission, predominantly in crime.
Chief Judge Morris is the Chair of the Board of the NT Legal Aid Commission and maintains positions on, amongst others, the National Domestic Violence Bench Reference Committee and the Courts Technology Committee. As well as degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Sydney, she has a Graduate Certificate in public sector management, is a graduate of the ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program and holds an Executive Certificate in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare from Georgetown University.
Justice Hament Dhanji was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW on 20 September 2021.
Justice Dhanji graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees before beginning his career as a solicitor for Legal Aid NSW.
He was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1990 and practiced as a solicitor at the Legal Aid Commission of NSW before being called to the Bar in 1997. He took silk in 2010.
He was a barrister in private practice at Forbes Chambers engaged predominantly in criminal defence work. In addition to first instance work across the range of criminal matters including complex corporate crime matters he had a substantial appellate practice. He appeared as lead counsel in a number of important cases in the High Court and appeared in approximately 350 cases in the Court of Criminal Appeal.
In addition to his defence work Justice Dhanji also conducted prosecutions on behalf of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, appeared as counsel assisting the coroner and represented clients before the Police Integrity Commission and the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Deputy President Jan Redfern PSM is Division Head of the Migration & Refugee Division. Ms Redfern was appointed as a Deputy President of the Tribunal and as Division Head on 21 March 2016 for a term of seven years. Ms Redfern has previously served the AAT as a Senior Member from 2009 to 2014. She served as Principal Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s Guardianship Division and Appeal Panel from 1 January 2015 and before that as a legal member and then Deputy President of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal. Prior to these appointments Ms Redfern held a number of senior executive positions with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission from 1999 to 2008. In 2007 she was awarded a Commonwealth Public Service Medal for outstanding service to corporate and financial services regulation and enforcement. Ms Redfern was previously in private practice for a number of years and was a partner of a national law firm for 10 years.
Ian Irving was appointed a Judicial Registrar of the Supreme Court of Victoria in March 2016. Ian served as Judicial Registrar for the Court of Appeal from 2016 to 2020. Since 2020 Ian has been responsible for supervising the work of the Court’s ADR Centre.
Ian was a registrar of the Federal Court of Australia from 2005-16 where he was the National Registrar responsible for specialist case management and mediation of the Court’s native title cases. Ian also coordinated the Federal Court’s national mediation practice.
From 2006-11 Ian was deputy registrar of the Australian Competition Tribunal.
Ian commenced legal practice in 1996. In 2001 he joined the Kimberley Land Council where he was Principal Legal Officer until 2005.
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