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New NSW A-G appoints judge of appeal, 2 judges for District Court

Michael Daley, the newly appointed Attorney-General in NSW, has named a new judge of appeal for the state’s Supreme Court, as well as two appointees for the bench of its District Court.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 15 May 2023 The Bar
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Supreme Court

A-G Daley has made his first judicial appointment, announcing that Kristina Stern SC is the newest judge of appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW.

“Dr Stern is widely recognised as a leading public law and commercial silk,” Mr Daley said.


“She is one of the most highly regarded lawyers in her fields and is a fantastic addition to the Supreme Court. I am committed to ensuring that our justice system adequately reflects the community, so it is noteworthy that my first judicial appointment is a woman.”

Prior to moving to Australia, Dr Stern was at the London Bar for 10 years, the A-G’s Department noted, before which she lectured in law at King’s College London and completed her PhD at Cambridge University. She has appeared in significant complex commercial and administrative law disputes, including in the Hobart International Airport and in the Mount Bruce Mining litigation in the High Court, in the Julian Wright and the Hope Downs litigation, and for Meta in ongoing proceedings by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Dr Stern will replace Justice Paul Brereton, who is to lead Australia’s new National Anti-Corruption Commission.

District Court

Elsewhere, A-G Daley has appointed two “experienced and respected” lawyers, deputy senior Crown prosecutor Craig Everson SC and barrister Robert Newlinds SC, to the bench of the NSW District Court.

Mr Everson, who was called to the Bar in 1996, has been a deputy senior Crown prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions since 2014 and has appeared in many high-profile matters, including the recent trial of Christopher Dawson for the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson in 1982.

“He has worked as both defence counsel and as a prosecutor for the Crown,” Mr Daley said.

Mr Newlinds was named silk in 2003 and brings expertise in commercial law, insolvency, insurance and common law.

“Mr Newlinds has appeared as lead counsel in six cases in the High Court of Australia, over 100 appeals in intermediate Courts of Appeal and hundreds of first instance hearings, including many in the District Court,” Mr Daley said.

The appointment of Mr Newlinds replaces his Honour Judge Christopher Robison, while Mr Everson will replace his Honour Judge Jeffrey McLennan SC, who have both retired.

“I would like to thank them both for their service to the court and to the community,” Mr Daley said.

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