Media statements

Statements to the media are made by the President or Vice President of the Judicial Conference of Australia.  To contact them please initially contact the JCA Secretariat.  If unattended, contact the Secretary on 0407 419 330.

Letter to the Editor regarding recent attacks on the Queensland judiciary by the Immigration Minister: 17 February, 2017

The President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Robert Beech-Jones, today had a letter to the editor published in the Courier Mail, regarding recent attacks on Queensland magistrates by the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. To read the the letter, click here.

JCA criticises misreporting of Chief Justice: 8 February, 2017

The President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Robert Beech-Jones, today issued a media release criticising the recent misreporting of the address given by the Chief Justice of New South Wales, Tom Bathurst, at the opening of Law Term. To read the media release, click here.

Response to the Australian opinion piece ‘Courts Must Administer Justice, Not Therapy’: 7 February, 2017

The President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Robert Beech-Jones, today issued a media release regarding the inaccurate representation of the role of the judiciary in the criminal justice system conveyed by the Australian article published on 30 January, 2017. To read the media release, click here.

Australian Judges’ Association condemn Polish Government’s lack of respect for its judiciary: 18 October, 2016

The President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Robert Beech-Jones, today issued a media release expressing concern about the actions of the Polish Government that are calculated to undermine the independent of that country’s judiciary. To read the media release, click here.

Australian judges express grave concerns about Turkish judiciary: 17 July, 2016

The President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Steven Rares, today issued a media release expressing grave concerns about the reported removal from duty of about 2750 Turkish judges in the aftermath of the failed coup on July 16, 2016. To read the media release, click here.

Judges’ Association has concerns about NSW Disrespectful Behaviour in Courts Bill: 6 July, 2016

The Judicial Conference of Australia expressed its concerns today about the potential impacts of the New South Wales Government’s Courts Legislation Amendment (Disrespectful Behaviour) Bill 2016. Justice Rares noted it is highly unlikely that the Bill, if enacted, would cause any person to moderate behaviour that was disrespectful to a Court, and Courts all have ample powers to deal with behaviour amounting to disrespect as a contempt of Court. To read the media release, click here.

Federal Circuit Court judges should receive a pension: 22 April, 2016.

The Vice-President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Robert Beech-Jones, today issued a media release calling for Federal Circuit Court judges to receive a pension. The Federal Circuit Court is the only federal court where judges do not receive pensions. To read the media release, click here.

Australian judges condemn suspension and prosecution of Turkey’s judges: 17 March, 2016

Justice Steven Rares, the President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, has again expressed strong support for the 680 judges and prosecutors in Turkey who are about to be suspended and put on trial for being members of a “Parallel Structure” and being “Gülenists”.  Justice Rares noted with deep concern recent reports that many judges and prosecutors are being investigated as a first step to disbarring and trying all of them. To read the media release, click here.

Personalised campaign against District Court judge should cease: 26 February, 2016

The President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Steven Rares, today expressed concern about the recent personal attacks on Judge Clive Jeffreys mounted in the media and the New South Wales Parliament. To read the media release, click here.

Judges in Turkey detained and on trial for decisions unfavourable to its government: 23 February, 2016

The President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Steven Rares, today issued a media release expressing strong condemnation of,  and serious concern about, the treatment of two Turkish judges whose continued detention appears to be contrary to the Turkish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. To read the media release, click here.

Turkey’s judges should not be disciplined for making decisions against its government: 15 February, 2016

The President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Steven Rares, today expressed concern about the reported use of internal disciplinary proceedings in Turkey against judges for, what appear to be, political reasons. To read the media release, click here.

Politicians attacking judges: 20 November, 2015

The President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Steven Rares, today issued a media release calling for politicians to refrain from making personal attacks on judicial officers with whose decisions they disagree.  To read the media release, click here.

Justice Should Not Be For Sale: 25 June, 2015

The President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, Justice Steven Rares, today issued a media release condemning proposals in the Productivity Commission’s report on Access to Justice Arrangements.  To read the media release, click here.

A speech by Justice Rares on the same topic is available on the Reports & Publications page.

JCA’s Concern for Arrested Turkish Judges: June 2015

The Vice President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, the Hon Justice Robert Beech-Jones, has issued a statement to the media expressing the JCA’s concern in regard to two Turkish judges who have been arrested and held in custody.  To read the media release, click here.

JCA Supports Northern Territory Magistrates’ Change of Title to Judge: May 2015

The Judicial Conference of Australia supports the legislation in the Northern Territory which changes the title of Northern Territory magistrates to ‘judge’.  To read the JCA’s statement, click here.

Letter to the Editor of the Courier Mail, Brisbane: 11 March 2015

Justice Steven Rares, the President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, submitted a letter to the Editor of the Courier Mail in response to an Editorial on the accountability of the judiciary. It was published in the 11 March 2015 edition of the newspaper. To view the letter, click here.

Threats to the Rule of Law

Justice Steven Rares, the President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, has today issued a media statement in response to comments made on social media against a judicial officer who granted bail to Man Haron Monis. Justice Rares reaffirmed that the ‘judicial officer was doing his or her job honestly and in good faith, as we would all expect’. To read the media statement, click here.

JCA’s concerns in regard to some aspects of the Productivity Commission’s recent report, Access to Justice Arrangements: 4 December 2014

Justice Steven Rares, the President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, has today issued a media statement expressing concerns in regard to some aspects of the Productivity Commission’s recent report, Access to Justice Arrangements.  To read the media statement, click here.

JCA President writes to President & Prime Minister of Timor-Leste: 28 November 2014

Justice Steven Rares, the President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, today wrote to both the President and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste expressing concern in regard to the treatment of members of the judiciary in Timor-Leste, and emphasising the need to protect the independence of the judiciary in a democracy under the rule of law.  To read the letter to the President, click here.  The letter to the Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao, is in similar terms.

The President also wrote to the President of the Court of Appeal in Timor-Leste.  To read that letter, click here.

The Judicial Conference issued, at the same time, a media release which is available here.

Processes of judicial appointments: 19 June 2014

The President and Vice President of the Judicial Conference of Australia have today issued a media statement in regard to the processes of judicial appointments.  To read the statement, click here.

Productivity Commission’s draft report on Access to Justice Arrangements: 21 May 2014

The JCA today made a submission to the Productivity Commission in response to its draft report on Access to Justice Arrangements.  To read the JCA’s four page submission, click here.

Confidentiality of discussions between heads of courts and governments on judicial appointments: 26 March 2014

The Vice President of the JCA, the Hon Justice Rares, today issued a statement on this topic.  To read the full statement, click here.

Comments by the Judicial Conference of Australia upon a reported speech by the Queensland Chief Magistrate Judge Carmody

The JCA has been asked to comment on a statement made by Judge Carmody today.  To read the full media statement, click here.

 Recent developments in Nauru

“Recent actions by the Government of Nauru against its judiciary are unjustifiable and very concerning for the administration of justice to all who live in Nauru” Justice Philip McMurdo, President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, said today.  To read the full media statement, click here.

Opinion piece on the role of the judiciary

An opinion piece on the role of the judiciary, in response to recent media comment, by Justice Philip McMurdo, the President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, was published in The Australian on 15 November 2013.

Kieran Loveridge sentence in NSW: 18 Nov 2013

The JCA today issued a media release on the informed and considered discussion of  sentencing on light of the Loveridge case.  To read the media release click here.

 JCA Statement on Queensland Magistrates Court Practice Direction: 5 Nov 2013

The Judicial Conference of Australia has issued a statement in regard to the Practice Direction of the Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates Court of Queensland in regard to contested bail applications. To read the statement click here.

JCA Statement on Queensland bikies law: 24 Oct 2013

To read the JCA’s Statement on the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013click here.

JCA Statement on Queensland sex offenders law: 24 Oct 2013

To read the JCA Statement on the Queensland Criminal Law Amendment (Public Interest Declarations) Amendment Act 2013click here.

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