'Benchmarking' a Supreme Court and Federal Court Judge in Australia
Francesca Bartlett, Heather Douglas
Oñati Socio-legal Series | ONATI INT INST SOCIOLOGY LAW | Published : 2018
In this article, we reflect upon the backgrounds and career trajectories of judicial officers currently presiding over the Federal Court and Supreme Courts, which are some of the highest courts, in Australia. We gathered information through publicly available websites in Australia providing official biographical information, and drew on academic efforts to fill in more details about the judiciary. While patchy, the picture today in the Australian judiciary is of a relatively uniform educational and career background – for both male and female judges. Our analysis shows that judges are predominantly recruited from a long career at the private Bar. However, given continued professional barrier..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
Research for this article was supported by Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding, The Australian Feminist Judgements Project no. 120102375. We acknowledge the research assistance of Kathryn Thomas and Jessica Downing-Ide. We thank Rosemary Hunter for her useful comments on an earlier draft and suggestions from anonymous referees.