Friday, 08 February 2019

 Appointments to the Family Court of Australia

Media release

Judge Jillian Williams and Judge Louise Henderson have been appointed to the Family Court of Australia, elevating them from their current positions as judges of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Judge Williams will be assigned to the Melbourne registry and Judge Henderson to the Sydney registry, both commencing today, 8 February 2019.

Judge Williams completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 1982 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1983. Judge Williams was called to the Bar in 2008, where she specialised in family law. Judge Williams was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court on 29 February 2016.

Judge Henderson completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Jurisprudence at the University of New South Wales in 1977 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1979. Judge Henderson was called to the Bar in 2003, also specialising in family law. Judge Henderson was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court on 28 November 2005.

Both Judge Williams and Judge Henderson bring a wealth of family law experience from the Federal Circuit Court, where they have both heard matters in the family law jurisdiction on a full-time basis.

On behalf of the Australian Government, I congratulate Judge Williams and Judge Henderson on their appointments and thank them for their willingness to continue to serve the Australian people as judges of the Family Court of Australia.