Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced three new appointments to the Sydney registry of the Federal Court of Australia.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of the Hon Justice Jayne Jagot, Mr Lindsay Foster SC and Mr Nye Perram SC as judges of the Federal Court,” Mr McClelland said.
“I look forward to each of them making a positive contribution to the law in their new capacity.”
The appointees followed a new, more transparent judicial appointment process put in place by the Rudd Government, including:
Public advertisements being placed in the national media seeking expressions of interest and nominations
Extensive consultation with individuals and professional bodies
The establishment of a panel to assesses all candidates against published criteria, and
Recommendations being made to the Attorney-General on a number of highly suitable candidates.
The panel comprised former High Court Chief Justice Sir Gerard Brennan AC, KBE, Federal Court Chief Justice Michael Black AC or a senior judge nominated by him, Acting NSW Supreme Court Justice Jane Mathews and a senior officer of the Attorney-General’s Department.
Mr McClelland said, “The more transparent process can give the public confidence that the appointments were made on merit.”
“I am also pleased that this process has resulted in appointments reflecting expertise, diversity and experience.”
“I would like to thank all of those who participated in the process. I am impressed that more than 100 nominations and expressions of interest were received for the positions.”
All three appointees are respected as extremely talented lawyers, with experience across many areas of law and will bring new diversity to the Federal Court.
Mr Nye Perram SC
Mr Perram holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Civil Laws from the University of Oxford. He was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1992 and was admitted as a Barrister in 1993. Mr Perram was appointed Senior Counsel in 2006. He has specialised principally in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law, commercial law and equity. Mr Perram has also practised in the areas of corporate regulation, trade practices, telecommunications and industrial law.
Mr Perram’s appointment commences in August 2008.
Congratulations to Nye and I dream of us achieving such transparency again in Fiji oneday very soon.