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The Judicial Conference of Australia supports and promotes the adoption by each jurisdiction (subject to s. 72 issues insofar as federal judges are concerned) of a structured system of dealing with complaints against judicial officers, such system being based on that of the New South Wales Judicial Commission with such modifications as are appropriate for each Australian jurisdiction, given differences in size and financial circumstances.

The Judicial Conference of Australia has contributed to the ongoing debate and resolution of issues in regards to the handling of complaints against judicial officers. A committee, chaired by Justice David Harper AM of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, produced two reports.

An addendum to the second of these reports, reflecting the recent report of the Australian Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, was also written.

To read the reports, please click here.