Thursday, 15 March 2018

Appointment to the Family Court of Australia

Media release

Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Hon Justice Linda Gail Sutherland as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia. Her Honour will bring a wealth of family law experience to the Court.

Justice Sutherland will commence on 16 March 2018 and will hold a dual commission as a Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia (FCWA), having commenced in that Court on 12 February 2018.

Justice Sutherland graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1982. Her Honour signed the High Court Roll in 2000.

Following her admission, Justice Sutherland practiced primarily in family law at several elite firms including Kim Wilson & Co. and Robert Parkinson & Associates. In 2010, her Honour was appointed as a Magistrate and Registrar of the FCWA, prior to her appointment as a Judge of the FCWA.

On behalf of the Government, I congratulate Justice Sutherland on her appointment and thank her for her willingness to serve the people of Australia.