‘Deep reservoir of legal talent’: Women now make up almost half of local court magistrates

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‘Deep reservoir of legal talent’: Women now make up almost half of local court magistrates | MWhitbourn

Asked when there would be enough women on the nine-seat US Supreme Court bench, the late trailblazing judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously said: “When there are nine.”

Robyn Richardson, a leading criminal defence lawyer in Sydney, is among the appointees and starts on February 15.“I’ve learned from the women who have come before me,” Ms Richardson said. “It’s a great privilege and an honour for me to be one of the women that the court has appointed.” In a speech on Wednesday, NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst said “the power entrusted in the judiciary continues to be wielded predominantly by men that both look like me and have been afforded the privileges of a similar background”, and the judiciary must actively promote diversity.

Nicole Ford, who spent 25 years working as a lawyer in rural and regional NSW, will join the Local Court bench on March 15, allocated to the Children’s Court. “They had the foresight to [think], ‘well, you’ll be away for a short while but you’ll be here in the long term’,” she said. She took the job. The NSW Local Court now deals with 96 per cent of all criminal prosecutions and more than 90 per cent of civil matters.


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MWhitbourn Too many white non-binary women. Where are the indigenous and trans women? The law is the last bastion of white female privilege.

MWhitbourn Are they getting paid the same as the men?

MWhitbourn Gd going.

MWhitbourn Are they all from the ethnic European community like her?

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