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2 judges elevated to Family Court

Family Court of Australia

Two judges, previously presiding over the Federal Circuit Court, have been appointed to the Family Court of Australia.

Judge Joshua Wilson will be assigned to the Melbourne registry, commencing on 11 March 2019. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1983 and called to the Victorian Bar 1987, where he practiced primarily in commercial law as well as family law.

Judge Robert Harper will be assigned to the Sydney registry, also commencing on 11 March 2019. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 1985 and called to the NSW Bar in 1986.

At the bar, a statement from the Attorney-General’s department said, Judge Harper’s principal areas of practice included property and construction litigation, as well as extensive practice in family law. At the bench, he has heard matters predominantly in the family law jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court.


“On behalf of the Australian government, I congratulate Judge Wilson and Judge Harper on their appointments and thank them for their willingness to continue to serve the people of Australia as judges of the Family Court of Australia,” said Attorney-General Christian Porter.

The appointments follow the elevation of four barristers to the Federal Court of Australia: Darren Jackson SC, Michael O’Bryan QC, Angus Stewart SC and John Snaden.

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