NSW A-G appoints 2 new District Court judges, new Chief Judge at common law
Earlier this month, NSW Attorney-General Michael Daley named two barristers as judges for the state’s District Court and elevated a Supreme Court justice to judge of appeal and Chief Judge at common law.
Barristers Christine Mendes and Troy Anderson SC have been appointed judges of the District Court of NSW.
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Ms Mendes was admitted as a solicitor in 1996, called to the Bar in 2002 and appointed a public defender in 2020. She has appeared extensively in cases of child and adult sexual assaults, domestic violence-related offences, serious drug offences, aggravated robberies, serious fraud matters and driving causing death offences.
Mr Anderson was admitted as a solicitor in 1998, was admitted to the Bar in 2007, and took silk in 2021. He practised in civil litigation, largely in international law, maritime law, and aviation law.
Speaking about the appointments, A-G Daley said: “The District Court of NSW is fortunate to have two barristers with such a wealth of experience joining the bench.
“Ms Mendes and Mr Anderson bring breadth and depth of experience with them from their diverse experience in civil and criminal litigation.”
Mr Anderson will be sworn in on 17 November and Ms Mendes on 20 November.
Elsewhere, Justice Ian Harrison has been appointed a judge of appeal and Chief Judge at common law to the NSW Supreme Court.
Harrison J became a justice of the Supreme Court of NSW in February 2007 and has also been director of the Law Council and president of both the Australian Bar Association and NSW Bar Association. His Honour was admitted as a solicitor in 1975 and called to the Bar in 1977.
A-G Daley said: “We are fortunate to have one of Australia’s most incisive legal minds and a highly esteemed judicial officer in the Honourable Justice Ian Harrison.
“Justice Harrison has been greatly respected throughout his illustrious legal career. He is dynamic and wise and has a commanding intellect. He is an auspicious appointment as Chief Judge at common law and as a judge of appeal to the Supreme Court of NSW.”