Three Judges Appointed For Appeal Case

Three Judges Appointed For Appeal Case

Western Australia Attorney General Christian Porter

Three Judges Appointed For Bell Group Appeal

Victor P Taffa

The Supreme Court has been given additional resources to hear the biggest corporate litigation appeal in Australian history, with the appointment of three acting judges.

Retired Federal Court of Australia judges, the Honourable Malcolm Lee, the Honourable Douglas Drummond and the Honourable Dr Christopher Carr will act as judges of appeal in the Westpac Banking Corporation & Ors v The Bell Group Ltd & Ors appeal case.

Attorney General Christian Porter said the appeal was expected to be lengthy and the appointment of the judges would ensure no resources would be taken away from the normal operation of the Supreme Court.

“The original trial involved 404 days of hearing and resulted in a 2,643-page judgment.” Mr. Porter said.



“It was therefore necessary to ensure additional resources could be dedicated to this case so as to not affect the discharge of the normal work of the Supreme Court.”

The Honourable Malcolm Lee was a judge of the Federal Court (1988-2006) and a judge of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia (1994-97).

The Honourable Douglas Drummond was a judge of the Federal Court (1991-2003) and Presidential Member and Acting President of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal (1994-2003).

The Honourable Dr Christopher Carr was a judge of the Federal Court (1993-2004) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Law.