Judicial education in Australia: A contemporary overview

Professor Gabrielle Appleby (UNSW Law & Justice), Jessica Kerr (UWA), Professor Suzanne Le Mire (University of Adelaide), Professor Andrew Lynch (UNSW Law & Justice), and Professor Brian Opeskin (UTS). 2021

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The quality of Australia’s judiciary is dependent upon many factors, perhaps the most important being Australia’s commitment to judicial education. The development of formal and informal programs over the past few decades has greatly assisted judicial officers, both at their appointment and afterwards.

However, the nature of Australia’s federal system necessarily creates differences between jurisdictions, complicating the ability of outsiders to understand the system of judicial education.

This report seeks to clarify the extent of judicial education in Australia, and where there might be opportunities to enhance that in the future.