THE federal Attorney General Robert McClelland has announced the names of five new Federal Court judges.
The Hon Justice Julie Dodds-Streeton and Mordy Bromberg SC have been appointed as judges of the Federal Court in Melbourne and Anna Katzmann SC, John Nicholas SC and David Yates SC have been appointed as judges of the Federal Court in Sydney.
“All five appointees are highly respected and talented legal practitioners with broad legal experience, which will bring greater diversity to the Federal Court,” McClelland said.
Justice Dodds-Streeton and Nicholas have practised principally in commercial law, and Yates also has experience in commercial law, including intellectual property law, trade practices and competition law. Bromberg has specific workplace relations experience and Katzmann has experience across a range of areas including administrative law, common law, criminal and industrial law.
This announcement follows a broad and transparent judicial appointment process, the Attorney said today, including public advertisements seeking expressions of interest and nominations; extensive consultation with individuals and professional bodies; and a standing panel to assess all candidates against published criteria and provide recommendations to the Attorney-General.
The panel comprised former High Court Chief Justice Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE, Federal Court Chief Justice Michael Black AC, Acting NSW Supreme Court Justice Jane Mathews AO and a senior official of the Attorney-General’s Department.
“I am pleased that more than 200 nominations and expressions of interest were received and I would like to thank all of those who participated in the process.”