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Law Council of Australia


Joint Ceremonial Sitting of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia – Judge Sandra Taglieri and Judge Marcus Turnbull

Speech delivered via online by Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, Law Council President, at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Launceston, 4 June 2021.

"Judge Tagleri – I have already spoken about your many skills, qualities and leadership – not to mention your demon mountain bike riding – at your ceremony last fortnight. I repeat all I said then – you are an inspiration, a hard worker, and you now sit on a court where your empathy will serve you well – where many who come before you, and their children, will be disempowered, disenfranchised and vulnerable...

Judge Turnball – now let’s talk about you. I told you in Hobart two weeks ago that I would attend your ceremony – but we could not have imagined then that my subsequent trip to Melbourne would leave me locked out of Tasmania. You know I’d prefer to be with you, but I thank the Chief Justice for allowing me to still join from Court 7, Level 2, Brisbane...

Your accomplishments are many and varied – it was a privilege to watch you receive the Law Society’s President’s Medal at the start of last year. It was with great admiration and delight to see your elevation to Silk. I recall your very first Family Law Section Executive meeting – I don’t think you had quite appreciated the workload when you volunteered, but yours quickly became valuable and considered contributions."

You can read the full speech below.


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