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Four New Judges Join the Federal Court of Australia


There will be some new faces on the bench at the Federal Court of Australia, with Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC announcing the appointment of four new judges.

Justice Tony Pagone, Justice Jennifer Davies, and Debbie Mortimer SC will work in Melbourne, and Justice Richard White has been appointed to the Federal Court’s Adelaide Registry.

Justice Pagone has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria since 2007, and specialises in tax, commercial law, administrative law and civil rights. He has also been a tutor and lecturer at Monash University’s law faculty.

Justice Davies has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria since 2009, and has a background in corporations, revenue, commercial and administrative law.

Debbie Mortimer SC specialises in administrative, constitutional, anti-discrimination and extradition law. After finishing her law degree, Mortimer was an associate to then Justice Brennan of the High Court of Australia. She also teaches at the University of Melbourne Law School.

Justice White has been a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia since 2004.

Welcoming them to their new roles, Dreyfus said: “All four appointees come to the Court with a strong commitment to the service of the law and access to justice, and their considerable experience will be a great addition to the Federal Court bench.”

The judges will assume their roles by the end of August.

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