Friday, 22 June 2018

Assignments to the Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia

Media release

Iam pleased to announce the assignment of two judges to the Appeal Division ofthe Family Court of Australia: the Hon Justice Garry Watts and the Hon JusticeStewart Austin.

Justice Watts was appointed as a judge of the Family Court in 2005. Justice Watts hasbeen a member of the joint Family Law Advisory Group between the Family Courtand the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Prior to his appointment, JusticeWatts was a senior partner at the family law firm Watts McCray Lawyers.

Justice Austin was appointed as a judge of the Family Court in 2009. Justice Austin hasmanaged the Court's trial division as chair of the Court Performance Committeefor four years. Prior to his appointment, Justice Austin worked in privatepractice as a barrister from 1997, where he undertook work in a broad range ofCriminal and Civil jurisdictions.

On behalf ofthe Government, I congratulate Justice Watts and Justice Austin on theirassignments, and thank them for their willingness to serve the people ofAustralia in this capacity.