Some Thoughts on Writing Judgments In, and For, Contemporary Australia
Free Public Lecture
David P. Derham Theatre, Level 1
185 Pelham Street
T: 8344 6593
Melbourne University Law Review Annual Lecture
The pace of work and productivity demands on courts and judges has increased. While the obligation to explain an exercise of judicial power through published reasons is a critical obligation, the challenge for courts and judges in contemporary Australia is how to reconcile that obligation with the need to give parties outcomes to their litigation in a timely way, and to ensure that explanations for the exercise of judicial power are accessible and understandable. In this lecture, the Hon Justice Debbie Mortimer of the Federal Court of Australia will offer a perspective on these challenges.
This event is open to all and no RSVPs are necessary. Drinks and canapés will be served in the foyer of the Law School after the event.
The Honourable Justice Debbie Mortimer
Federal Court of Australia
Justice Mortimer was appointed to the Federal Court in July 2013, based in Melbourne. Prior to her appointment, she was a member of the Victorian Bar and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003. She remains a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School and a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. Justice Mortimer’s practice was principally in public law, together with antidiscrimination and extradition law, and in all areas she acted for both applicants and respondents, and for and against government, in state and federal jurisdictions including in the High Court. Justice Mortimer has had a substantial public interest practice, particularly in migration law, environmental law and antidiscrimination law, and was involved in many groundbreaking cases over the last 20 years. She has received a number of awards in respect of this work, including the 2011 Law Council of Australia President's Medal, the Victorian Bar's Pro Bono Perpetual Trophy and the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award.