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Western Australia Attorney General Christian Porter

New Judge Of The Supreme Court Of Western Australia

Victor P Taffa

Her Honour Judge Janine Pritchard will move from the District Court of Western Australia to become a Judge of the Supreme Court of WA from June 14.

Announcing the appointment today, Attorney General Christian Porter said Judge Pritchard would replace the Hon Justice Nicholas Hasluck who retired from the court on May 7.

“Judge Pritchard is recognised for her outstanding intellect and prodigious capacity for hard work.” Mr. Porter said.

“These qualities have been further exemplified since she was appointed as Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal and a Judge of the District Court a year ago.”

“Her elevation to the Supreme Court bench is a logical next step in her judicial career.”

Judge Pritchard gained a Bachelor of Laws degree, with Honours, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, at the Australian National University in the Australian Capital Territory.

 

She also has a Master of Laws degree, with Distinction, from the University of London and a Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies from Murdoch University.

In 1991, Judge Pritchard moved to WA to become the professional assistant to the then Solicitor General for WA, Mr. K H Parker AC QC.

In 1993, she commenced articles with the State Solicitor’s Office and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in December of that year.

Judge Pritchard’s career in the State Solicitor’s Office spans 16 years, during which time she acted as Counsel and Solicitor for the State in litigation in the courts and tribunals of WA.

She appeared as Junior Counsel with the Solicitor General in the High Court of Australia many times in constitutional matters on behalf of the State and on several occasions presented the State’s argument in court.

“Judge Pritchard has provided advice to Government on many aspects of the law, but particularly on public law, administrative law, constitutional law, freedom of information and privacy law, industrial law and in relation to the prosecution of regulatory offences.” the Minister said.

“She has also taken a leading role in the mentoring of young lawyers within the State Solicitor’s Office and as a member of the Articled Clerk Recruitment Scheme Committee of the Law Society.”

“She was a member of the board and the committee of Women Lawyers of WA Inc and a member of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and the Australian Institute of Administrative Law.”

“Judge Pritchard’s vast experience across many aspects of the law has won the respect of her judicial colleagues and ensured her elevation to the Supreme Court as a new Judge.” Mr. Porter said.

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