‘Unfortunate’ that none of five new judges appointed to the High Court is a solicitor

Mr Justice Michael Peart says solicitors are a ‘valuable resource’ from which judges can be appointed

28th September, 2021
‘Unfortunate’ that none of five new judges appointed to the High Court is a solicitor
Mr Justice Michael Peart: ‘I think solicitors have an experience that they can bring that is different to what barristers can bring’

It is “unfortunate” that none of the five newly-appointed High Court judges are solicitors, a retired judge has said.

Mr Justice Michael Peart, who was the first solicitor appointed to the High Court in 2002, said solicitors have a lot to offer the judiciary with their experience but there should not be a quota for appointing judges from the barrister or solicitor profession. He said experienced litigator solicitors bring something different to the...

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