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Governance

The Australian Judicial Officers Association is governed by a Governing Council and Executive Committee which are responsible for the management of the business and affairs of the Association. The Governing Council consists of judges and magistrates drawn from all of the courts in all jurisdictions and at all levels throughout Australia. The Executive Committee is a smaller body drawn from members of the Governing Council and is responsible for transacting the business of the Association. The Governing Council meets three times and the Executive Committee four times each year.

The Association is governed according to its Rules. To read the Rules of the Australian Judicial Officers Association click here.

Governing Council and Executive Committee Members

*Denotes Executive Committee Members

Commonwealth
Justice Darryl Rangiah*, Federal Court of Australia
Justice Michael Baumann AM*, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)Treasurer
Vacant, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)

Australian Capital Territory
Justice Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson*, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
Magistrate James Stewart, Magistrates Court of the Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales
Justice Michael Walton*, Supreme Court of New South WalesPresident
Justice Richard Weinstein*, Supreme Court of New South Wales
Justice Nicola Pain*, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales
Judge Craig Smith SC, District Court of New South Wales 
Magistrate Jenny Atkinson*, Local Court of New South Wales – Magistrates/Local Courts Representative

Northern Territory
Justice Jenny Blokland AO*, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
Chief Judge Elizabeth Morris AM, Local Court of the Northern Territory

Queensland
Justice David Boddice*, Supreme Court of Queensland
Judge Anthony Rafter SC*, District Court of Queensland – Intermediate Courts Representative
Vice President Daniel O’Connor OAM, Industrial Court of Queensland
Acting President Peta Stilgoe*, Land Court of Queensland
Deputy Chief Magistrate Stephen Courtney, Magistrates Court of Queensland

South Australia
Judge Graham Dart, Supreme Court of South Australia
Judge Rauf Soulio AM*, District Court of South Australia
Justice Steven Dolphin, South Australian Employment Tribunal
Deputy Chief Magistrate Brett Dixon*, Magistrates Court of South Australia

Tasmania
Chief Justice Alan Blow AO*, Supreme Court of Tasmania
Vacant, Magistrates Court of Tasmania

Victoria
Justice Steven Moore*, Supreme Court of Victoria – Vice-President
(Justice Melinda Richards*, Supreme Court of Victoria – member of the Executive Committee and not Governing Council)
Judge Michael Cahill, County Court of Victoria
Magistrate Jan Maclean, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

Western Australia
Justice Michael Lundberg, Supreme Court of Western Australia
Judge John Staude, District Court of Western Australia
Magistrate Andrée Horrigan*, Magistrates Court of Western Australia

Meeting Dates for 2024:

  • Thursday 8 February – a (virtual) meeting of the Executive Committee
  • Saturday 16 March – a meeting of the Governing Council
  • Wednesday 24 April – a (virtual) meeting of the Executive Committee
  • Saturday 15 June – a meeting of the Governing Council
  • Thursday 18 July – a (virtual) meeting of the Executive Committee
  • Friday 11 October – a meeting of the Governing council (coincides with 2024 Colloquium and AGM)
  • Saturday 12 October – AGM and a meeting of the Governing council (coincides with 2024 Colloquium)
  • Thursday 14 November – a (virtual) meeting of the Executive Committee