Fostering Healthy Relationships with the Bench

Wednesday 10th October, 2018 5:30 pm – Wednesday 10th October, 2018 7:00 pm
Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace PERTH

The court system is a robust work environment and parties conduct cases in an adversarial manner.  Judges and lawyers are faced with an increasing number of cases to resolve, ever-changing legislation, and intense media scrutiny.  These factors all place pressure on participants in court proceedings. Under these pressures, judges and lawyers, in fulfilling their roles in the resolution of disputes in an ordered and coherent way, that being an essential component of a civil society, are expected to act with civility towards each other.  Judges are required to display a demeanour that eschews rudeness and bullying, qualities that perhaps marked the behaviour of some judges in past generations.  In light of the pressures inherent in the court system and upon its participants, the boundaries of civility are frequently tested.

This seminar brings together experienced judges, counsel and experts in HR and psychiatry to discuss fostering healthy relationships with the bench in light of the requirement of civility in an adversarial system.

Level: General

  • 1.5 points Competency 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility



David Blades - Chair
Perth Chambers

His Honour Chief Judge Sleight
District Court of Western Australia

Professor Maryam Omari
Executive Dean
School of Business and Law
Edith Cowan University

Dr Nathan Gibson
Chief Psychiatrist of Western Australia

Dr Matthew Collins QC
Victorian Bar

Legal Trainee / Support Staff (Member)
Legal Trainee / Support Staff (Non-Member)
CPD Freedom
Member: individuals less than 5 years practising