The Law Society congratulates new judicial appointees

Law Society of Western Australia Media Statement

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the following judicial appointees, as announced by the Attorney General today:

  • Wendy Gillan, as a judge of the District Court of Western Australia;
  • Gail Sutherland, as a judge of the Family Court of Western Australia; and
  • Leonie Forrest, as acting magistrate of the Family Court of Western Australia.

Law Society President Hayley Cormann said, “On behalf of the legal profession of Western Australia, I warmly congratulate Wendy Gillan, Gail Sutherland and Leonie Forrest on their respective appointments. All of the appointees are vastly experienced and highly regarded within the legal profession.

“These appointments also demonstrate that women are becoming more and more empowered in the legal profession and within our community.  And, all of the data relevant to corporate Australia and the various professions and service industries, demonstrates that the advancement of women leads to significantly improved outcomes for organisations, and in this case, will for our judicial system.

“Finally, I take this opportunity to thank His Honour Judge Eaton and the Honourable Justice Walters for their years of service to the District Court of Western Australia and Family Court of Western Australia respectively.”

– ENDS –

For comment please contact:

Andrew MacNiven
Media and Communications Officer
(08) 9324 8634
amacniven@lawsocietywa.asn.au

About us: The Law Society of Western Australia is the peak professional association for lawyers in the State. The Law Society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the representation of its more than 3,800 members. The Law Society enhances the legal profession through its position as a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and the rule of law. The Law Society is widely acknowledged by the legal profession, government and the community as the voice of the legal profession in Western Australia.

The Law Society congratulates new judicial appointees

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the following judicial appointees, as announced by the Attorney General today:

  • Wendy Gillan, as a judge of the District Court of Western Australia;
  • Gail Sutherland, as a judge of the Family Court of Western Australia; and
  • Leonie Forrest, as acting magistrate of the Family Court of Western Australia.

Law Society President Hayley Cormann said, “On behalf of the legal profession of Western Australia, I warmly congratulate Wendy Gillan, Gail Sutherland and Leonie Forrest on their respective appointments. All of the appointees are vastly experienced and highly regarded within the legal profession.

“These appointments also demonstrate that women are becoming more and more empowered in the legal profession and within our community.  And, all of the data relevant to corporate Australia and the various professions and service industries, demonstrates that the advancement of women leads to significantly improved outcomes for organisations, and in this case, will for our judicial system.

“Finally, I take this opportunity to thank His Honour Judge Eaton and the Honourable Justice Walters for their years of service to the District Court of Western Australia and Family Court of Western Australia respectively.”

– ENDS –

For comment please contact:

Andrew MacNiven
Media and Communications Officer
(08) 9324 8634
amacniven@lawsocietywa.asn.au

About us: The Law Society of Western Australia is the peak professional association for lawyers in the State. The Law Society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the representation of its more than 3,800 members. The Law Society enhances the legal profession through its position as a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and the rule of law. The Law Society is widely acknowledged by the legal profession, government and the community as the voice of the legal profession in Western Australia.