Friday, 05 April 2019

Appointments to the Defence Force Discipline Appeals Tribunal

Media release

The Hon Justice Paul Le Gay Brereton AM RFD and the Hon Justice Peter Martin Barr have been appointed to the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal (the Tribunal).

The Tribunal hears and determines appeals from courts martial and Defence Force magistrates relating to service offences by Australian Defence Force personnel.

The Hon Justice Paul Le Gay Brereton AM RFD has been appointed as Deputy President of the Tribunal. Justice Brereton is currently a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He was first appointed as a member of the Tribunal in 2013. Justice Brereton became a commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Infantry of the Australian Army Reserve in 1979. He has extensive military experience, having served in the military for 33 years in various leadership positions. In 2010, he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (Military) for exceptional services to the Australian Army.

The Hon Justice Peter Martin Barr has been appointed as a new member of the Tribunal. Justice Barr is also a judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 2004. He served as a specialist legal officer in the Royal Australian Navy from 1977 to 2017, Legal Specialist Reserves, and as head of the Darwin Reserve Legal Panel. He was Honorary Counsel for Belgium from 1989 to 2007, and was made a Knight of the Order of Leopold for meritorious service of immense benefit to the Belgium nation.

Both appointments are for five years and commenced on 4 April 2019.

On behalf of the Government, I congratulate both Justice Brereton and Justice Barr and look forward to the contribution they will make to the Tribunal.