Friday, 22 March 2019

Appointments to the Family Court of Australia

Media release

I am pleased to announce the appointments of Judge Christine Mead and Judge Norah Hartnett to the Family Court of Australia and the appointment of the Hon Justice Peter Tree to the Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia.

These appointments elevate Judge Mead and Judge Hartnett from their current positions as judges of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Judge Mead will be located in the Adelaide registry and Judge Hartnett in the Melbourne registry of the Family Court, both commencing next Monday, 25 March 2019.

Judge Mead graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1977 and was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1978. Judge Mead practised as a sole practitioner for much of her career as a solicitor, and was called to the Bar in 1991. Throughout her career, including at the Bar, she practiced almost exclusively in family law. Judge Mead was appointed to the bench of the Federal Circuit Court on 13 June 2000, where she heard matters in the family law jurisdiction on a full-time basis.

Judge Hartnett graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws in 1979, and later went on to complete a Master of Business Administration in 1987, a Master of Laws in 1989 and received accreditation as a Mediator with Bond University in 1996. Judge Hartnett was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1980, following which she worked as a solicitor until being called to the Bar in 1984. At the Bar, Judge Hartnett specialised in family law and on 19 June 2000 she was appointed as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court. At the bench, she has predominately heard matters in the family law jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court.

The Hon Justice Peter Tree has been appointed to the Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia.

Justice Tree was appointed as a judge of the Family Court in 2013. Justice Tree holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland and was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1989. He was appointed silk in 2004. Prior to his appointment to the Bench, Justice Tree practiced in a wide range of litigation and mediation, including with significant experience in family law.

I congratulate Justice Tree on his assignment, and thank him for his willingness to serve the people of Australia in this capacity. I also congratulate Judge Mead and Judge Hartnett on their appointments and thank them for their willingness to continue to serve the people of Australia as judges of the Family Court of Australia.‚Äč