Farewell to the Honourable Robert Shenton French AC

Speech by the Australian Bar Association President, Patrick O’Sullivan QC at the Hight Court of Australia on the occasion of the retirement of the Honourable Robert Shenton French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

To read the ABA President’s speech click here


Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network

Aboriginal health beyond the bars – does any care enough?

Stephen Norrish QC – a Judge of the District Court of NSW


To read the speech given by Judge Stephen Norrish QC click here

State of the Judicature 2016

On Friday 29 April, the ABA, in partnership with the LCA, hosted the State of the Judicature Address in Hobart. The event was attended by Chief Justices around the country, the Chief Justice of NZ and representatives from all State and Territory Bars. The keynote address was given by the Chief Justice of the High Court, the Hon. Robert French AC who highlighted a number of issues of significance including access to justice for women in the context of domestic violence; public confidence in the courts and the judiciary; and initiatives to increase the profile and presence of Australia’s legal profession internationally.

To read the Chief Justice’s speech click here.

To read the address in reply given by ABA President Patrick O’Sullivan QC  click on link below.

29 April 2016 – Patrick OSullivan QC Address in Reply

World Bar Conference, Edinburgh 2016 – ABA President’s Speech

Core Professional Values and Challenges to Independence from External Forces. The Benefits of Self-Regulation – Patrick O’Sullivan QC, President, Australian Bar Association The starting point for any discussion about core professional values and challenges to independence is to identify what those core professional values are. In short, it is our core professional… Read more »

ABA 2016 Dinner for Silks – President’s Opening Remarks

On behalf of the ABA Welcome to our dinner for Silks, 2015. Thank you, Chief Justice, for allowing us to use the foyer Court once again for this party and the High Court Registry Mr Andrew Phelan and Carolyn Rogers for their assistance.