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Former Law Council president appointed FCFCOA judge

Tass Liveris, who was the 2022 president of the Law Council of Australia and president of the Law Society of the Northern Territory between 2015 and 2017, has been named as a judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 07 February 2024 The Bar
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Earlier this week, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus appointed Anastasis (Tass) Liveris as a judge of the Darwin registry of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) (Division 2).

Judge Liveris commenced in his new role on 5 February.

He was admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in 2002 and admitted to the High Court of Australia in 2007. He was called to the Bar in the Northern Territory in 2010.


Judge Liveris has practised at the Perth Office of the Commonwealth DPP and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Western Australia, as well as in the litigation and dispute resolution division of Clayton Utz.

Moreover, he was the president of the Law Society Northern Territory between 2015 and 2017, became a director of the Law Council of Australia in 2015, was elected to that body’s executive in 2018, and then became its president in 2022.

Prior to his appointment, he was a member of William Forster Chambers in Darwin.

The appointment was made, the A-G’s Department noted, following an open call for expressions of interest across all jurisdictions and consideration by an advisory panel, including the Chief Justice of the FCFCOA, a former chief justice of the then Family Court of Australia, and a senior officer from the department.

“On behalf of the Australian government, I congratulate Mr Liveris on his appointment and thank him for his willingness to serve the people of Australia as a judge,” A-G Dreyfus said.

“Not only is Judge Liveris a highly qualified lawyer, but he is also a third-generation Territorian. He has demonstrated a commitment to the Northern Territory and provides a deep understanding and knowledge of its people.

“Judge Liveris comes to the court with diverse experience. He has worked as a solicitor, barrister and has held leadership positions, including as a former president of the Law Council of Australia in 2022. His Honour replaces the [Honourable] Judge Anthony Young, who served the court with distinction between 31 July 2015 and 16 August 2023.

“On behalf of the court, I am delighted to welcome Judge Liveris to the bench. His Honour will play a critical part in the court’s commitment to providing access to justice to the people of Australia, and importantly, to the communities living across the Northern Territory.”

Current Law Council president Greg McIntyre SC added: “Mr Liveris has committed his career to advocating on behalf of our profession and our community.”

“With this appointment, I am confident he will continue to serve the people of Australia, and the Northern Territory, with empathy and enthusiasm.”

Mr McIntyre went on: “Having served with Mr Liveris on the Law Council executive, I can attest to the fact he is a passionate, fair, and dedicated advocate. In this new role, he will serve with distinction and take seriously his responsibility to administer justice for all who come before him.

“On behalf of the national legal profession, I am honoured to congratulate Mr Liveris on his appointment.”

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