Judicial Speeches

Speeches by Current Judges

Chief Justice Murrell

Justice Penfold

Justice Elkaim


Speeches by Former Judges

Chief Justice Higgins

Chief Justice Miles

Justice Crispin

Justice Connolly

Justice Gray

Justice Refshauge

Master Harper

Ceremonial Sittings

Transcripts

Chief Justice Murrell

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers, 18 August 2017 (PDF 312KB)  (Word 88KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at the Ceremonial Sitting on the Retirement of the Honourable Justice Richard Refshauge, 11 May 2017 (PDF 144KB)  (Word 75.5KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at the ANU College of Law Commencement Dinner, 16 February 2017 (PDF 230KB)  (RTF 210KB)

Equal and Substantive Justice - Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell on the Commencement of the Legal Year 2017, 30 January 2017 (PDF 347KB)  (RTF 77KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers, 17 June 2016 (PDF  115KB)  (RTF  79KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at the launch of the ACT Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association 15 April 2016 (PDF  115KB)  (RTF  79KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell on the Commencement of the Legal Year 2016, 1 February 2016 (PDF  148KB)  (RTF  67KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 11 December 2015 (PDF  78KB) (RTF  120KB)

Educating lawyers for the future. Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell, University of Canberra Commencement Function, 10 March 2015 (PDF  174KB)  (RTF  194KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell on the Commencement of the Legal Year 2015, 2 February 2015 (PDF  276KB) (RTF  71KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 12 December 2014 (PDF  276KB) (RTF  84KB)

My first 12 months in the job. Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell on 19 September 2014 at the Australian Lawyers Alliance 2014 ACT Branch Conference (PDF  434KB) (RTF  224KB)

Bows Silk Ceremony, 12 August 2014. Speech by Chief Justice Murrell (PDF  140KB) (RTF  46KB)

ACT Human Rights Act: a judicial perspective. Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell on 1 July 2014 at the Conference on the Tenth Anniversary of the ACT Human Rights Act (PDF  818KB) (RTF  1MB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at the Law Week Dinner on 14 May 2014 (PDF  687KB) (RTF  246KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at a Memorial Sitting paying Tribute to the Late The Honourable Russell Walter Fox AC QC LLB, Judge and Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT from 1967 to 1977, 4 February 2014 (PDF 91KB) (RTF 73KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell on the Commencement of the Legal Year, 3 February 2014, Great Hall, University House,
Australian National University (PDF  119KB) (RTF  84KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 13 December 2013 (PDF  38KB) (RTF  68KB)

Justice Penfold

Speech delivered by Justice Penfold at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 12 December 2008 (PDF  27KB)  (RTF  62KB)

Speech delivered by Justice Penfold at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 17 October 2008 (PDF  35KB)  (RTF  87KB)

Justice Elkaim

Speech delivered by Justice Elkaim at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 19 August 2017 (PDF 106KB)  (Word 40KB)

Speech by Justice Elkaim for Admission of Lawyers on 10 December 2016 (PDF 193KB)  (Word 30KB)


Speeches by Former Supreme Court Judges

Chief Justice Higgins

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Practitioners, 16 August 2013 (PDF  492KB) (RTF  86KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the first sitting in the ACT Supreme Court Building (PDF  473KB) (RTF  110KB)

Speech by Chief Justice Terence Higgins AO, Commencement of the legal year, 4 February 2013, Great Hall, University House (PDF  360KB)  (RTF  70KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Practitioners, 14 December 2012 (PDF  92KB)  (RTF  82KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Terence Higgins AO at the Australian Lawyers Alliance Conference, 21 September 2012, Rydges Lakeside, Canberra,  "A judicial perspective on Supreme Court developments" (PDF  114KB)  (RTF  114KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 16 October 2009 (PDF  20KB)  (RTF  78KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the AGS Administrative Law Intensive Course on 7 September 2009, "A judicial perspective on judicial review" (PDF  73KB)  (RTF  316KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 21 August 2009 (PDF  16KB)  (RTF  50KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Launch of Law Week 2009 on 7 May 2009 (PDF  16KB)  (RTF  40KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 17 April 2009 (PDF  30KB)  (RTF  65KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 20 February 2009 (PDF  27KB)  (RTF  78KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Supreme Court on 30 January 2009 (PDF  61KB)  (RTF  326KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the AFP Homicide Course 27 October 2008 (PDF  33KB)  (RTF  112KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 17 October 2008 - 10.00am (PDF  17KB)  (RTF  41KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 17 October 2008 - 11.00am (PDF  17KB)  (RTF  41KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the ACT Law Reports launch 30 June 2008 (PDF  27KB)  (RTF  73KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 20 June 2008 (PDF  18KB)  (RTF  44KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins - Order of Australia Association ACT Branch Australia Day Address: ‘Australia Day: why bother?’ (PDF  48KB)  (RTF  131KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 14 December 2007 No.1 (PDF  20KB)  (RTF  49KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 14 December 2007 No.2 (PDF  19KB)  (RTF  48KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 19 October 2007 (PDF  23KB)  (RTF  69KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Higgins on the occasion of the retirement of Justice Crispin on Wednesday 10 October 2007 (PDF  30KB)  (RTF  101KB)

Eulogy delivered at the funeral of Justice Terry Connolly on 3 October 2007 (PDF 21KB)  (RTF  64KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 17 August 2007 (PDF  32KB)  (RTF  71KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 20 April 2007 (PDF  21KB)  (RTF  60KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins - St Patrick's Day Address 16 March 2007 (PDF  21KB)  (RTF  49KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 16 February 2007 (PDF  19KB)  (RTF  51KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 15 December 2006 at 10am (Group 1) (PDF  16KB)  (RTF  40KB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 15 December 2006 at 11am (Group 3) (PDF  17KB)  (RTF  45KB)

Speech given by the Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Judicial Conference of Australia Colloquium 2006, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra 7 October 2006 "Court Governance and Judicial Independence in the Australian Capital Territory" (PDF  69KB)  (RTF  190KB)

Speech given by the Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Royal Life Saving Society Quinquennial Commonwealth Conference, Bath, United Kingdom 26 September 2006 "The Rescuer’s Duty of Care" (PDF  77KB)  (RTF  277KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Legal Practitioners 18 August 2006 (PDF  18KB)  (RTF  47KB)

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Opening Remarks of Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Research Symposium, DNA Evidence: the CSI Effect, University of Canberra, 28 July 2006: “DNA Evidence: The CSI Effect” (PDF  22KB)  (RTF  66KB)

Paper presented by Chief Justice Terence Higgins at the Australian Lawyers Alliance ACT Branch Conference 23 June 2006: The Application of Human Rights and the Judicial System (PDF  42KB)  (RTF  149KB)

Sir Richard Blackburn Lecture 16 May 2006 Canberra "Women in Law: Past Achievements and Future Directions" (PDF  103KB)  (RTF  343KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Legal Practitioners 21 April 2006 (PDF  25KB)  (RTF 92KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Legal Practitioners 17 February 2006 (PDF  18KB)  (RTF  48KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Higgins at the Ceremony for Admission of Legal Practitioners 21 October 2005 (PDF  18KB)  (RTF  58KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Higgins at the Isaacs Law Society Ball 7 October 2005 - "Address to Isaacs Law Society Ball” (PDF  32KB)  (RTF  126KB)

Opening address given by Chief Justice Higgins at Hyatt Hotel, Canberra 28 October 2004 - 9th International Criminal Law Congress (PDF  170KB)  (RT 156KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Higgins at National Press Club 3 March 2004 - Australia’s First Bill of Rights – Testing Judicial Independence and the Human Rights Imperative (PDF  246KB)  (RT 309KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Higgins at Rotary Club Breakfast 1 August 2003 - “Judicial Independence and Human Rights” (PDF  103KB)  (RTF  97KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Higgins at Ceremonial Sitting 31 January 2003 (PDF  114KB)  (RTF  104KB)

Speech delivered by Justice Terence Higgins to the Law Society of the ACT and the ACT Bar Association on the ocassion of the retirement of Chief Justice Jeffrey Miles, 26th September 2002 (PDF  27KB)  (RTF  158KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Higgins on the occasion of the retirement of Justice Gray (PDF  64KB)  (RTF  121KB)

Speech given by Chief Justice Higgins on his Retirement, 13 September 2013 (PDF  432KB) (RTF  89KB)

Ceremonial Sitting on the Retirement of the Honourable Chief Justice Terence Higgins AO, 13 September 2013 (PDF  103KB) (RTF  132KB)
(Speeches delivered by Chief Justice Higgins; Justice Refshauge, Simon Corbell, MLA; President of the Bar Association, Greg Stretton SC; and President of the Law Society, Ms Noor Blumer)

Chief Justice Miles

Ceremonial Sitting for the Retirement of Chief Justice Jeffrey Miles, Monday 30 September 2002 (PDF  942KB)  (RTF  221KB)

Justice Crispin

The Honourable Justice Kenneth Crispin Speech upon his Retirement from the Supreme Court of the ACT (PDF  33KB)  (RTF  156 KB)

Justice Connolly

Speech given by Justice Connolly at the Ceremony for Admission of Legal Practitioners 20 October 2006 (PDF  23KB)  (RTF  78KB)

Paper presented Justice Connolly to the Law Council of Australia National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference 2006 Melbourne 11-12 August 2006: "Golden Thread or Tattered Fabric Bail and the Presumption of Innocence" (PDF  114KB)  (RTF  231KB)

Paper presented by Justice Terry Connolly at the 15th Annual Insurance Law Congress Sydney, 26-28 July 2006: Where Does the Tort Debate Leave Us? Views from the Bench (PDF  94KB)  (RTF  308KB)

A paper for the National Judicial College of Australia and Australian National University Conference, by Justice Connolly - "Human Rights Aspects of Sentencing" (PDF 68KB)  (RTF  203KB)

Speech given by Justice Connolly at the Conference of Australian Prosecutors, Canberra, 14 July 2005 - "Practicing Criminal Law under the Human Rights Act - No Rogue’s Charter" (PDF  67KB)  (RTF  68KB)

Speech given by Justice Connolly at the Australian Lawyers Alliance, Canberra, 24 June 2005 - "Tort law: what is the point?" (PDF  198KB)  (RTF  242KB)

Speech given by Justice Connolly at the National Injury Management and Prevention Summit, Canberra, 27 March 2004 - Assessment of personal injury claims in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory: art, science or “a broad axe and a sound Imagination” (PDF  306KB)  (RTF  467KB)

'Mediation: The Nuts and Bolts' - Paper presented to 2003 Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association National Conference - Coolum, Queensland (PDF  758KB)  (RTF  259KB)

Justice Gray

Speech given by Justice Gray at the Ceremony for Admission of Legal Practitioners 16 October 2009 (PDF  13KB)  (RTF  52KB)

Speech given by Justice Gray at the Ceremony for Admission of Legal Practitioners 20 June 2008 (PDF  24KB)  (RTF  40KB)

Speech given by Justice Gray at the Ceremony for Admission of Legal Practitioners 20 April 2007 (PDF  20KB)  (RTF  57KB)

Speech given by Justice Gray at the Ceremony for Admission of Legal Practitioners 20 October 2006 (PDF  17KB)  (RTF  51KB)

Speech given by Justice Gray at the Ceremony for Admission of Legal Practitioners 21 October 2005 (PDF  17KB)  (RTF  47KB)

Speech given at the Annual Australian Bar Association’s Silks’ Dinner 5 February 2001 (PDF  28KB)  (RTF  29KB)

Speech given at the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory Annual Dinner 2 November 2000 (PDF  25KB)  (RTF  33KB)

Speech given by The Honourable Justice Gray Speech upon his Retirement from the ACT Supreme Court (PDF  288KB)  (RTF  75KB)

Justice Refshauge

Speech delivered by Justice Refshauge commemorating the 800TH anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, 15 June 2015 (PDF  182KB)  (Word 39KB)

Speech delivered by Justice Refshauge at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 20 August 2010 (PDF  72KB)  (RTF  81KB)

Speech delivered by Justice Refshauge at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 12 December 2008 (PDF  25KB)  (RTF  81KB)

Speech delivered by Justice Refshauge at the Ceremony for Admission of Lawyers on 15 August 2008 (PDF  23KB)  (RTF  73KB)

Speech of Justice Refshauge on the occasion of his swearing in as a Justice of the ACT Supreme Court (PDF  451KB)  (RTF  186KB)

Master Harper

Address to the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory 75th Anniversary Dinner by Master David Harper of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory at the High Court of Australia on Wednesday 14 May 2008 (PDF  34KB)  (RTF  149 KB)


Ceremonial Sittings

Ceremonial sitting on the occasion of the appointment of Associate Justice Verity McWilliam, Canberra, 26 June 2017. Speeches by Gordon Ramsay, ACT Attorney-General; Ken Archer, President ACT Bar Association; Sarah Avery, President ACT Law Society, and Associate Justice McWilliam. (PDF 77KB)  (RTF 515KB)

Ceremonial sitting on the occasion of the appointment of Justice David Mossop, Canberra, 13 February 2017. Speeches by Gordon Ramsay, ACT Attorney-General; Ken Archer, President ACT Bar Association; Martin Hockridge, President ACT Law Society, and Justice Mossop.  (PDF 52KB) (Word 64KB)

Ceremonial sitting on the occasion of the appointment of Justice Michael Elkaim, Canberra, 4 July 2016. Speeches by Mr Garrison on behalf of the ACT Attorney-General; Ken Archer, President ACT Bar Association; Sarah Avery, President ACT Law Society, and Justice Elkaim.  (PDF  63KB) (RTF  83KB)

Ceremonial sitting to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, Canberra, 15 June 2015. Transcript of proceedings. Speeches delivered by Refshauge J; Simon Corbell, ACT Attorney-General; Martin Hockridge, President ACT Law Society; Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission; Shane Gill, President ACT Bar Association  (PDF  214KB)  (RTF  4MB)

Speech delivered by Chief Justice Murrell at a Memorial Sitting paying Tribute to the Late The Honourable Russell Walter Fox AC QC LLB, Judge and Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT from 1967 to 1977,
4 February 2014 (PDF 91KB) (RTF 73KB)

Ceremonial sitting on the occasion of the appointment of Chief Justice Helen Gay Murrell, Canberra, 28 October 2013. Speeches delivered by Refshauge ACJ, Violet Sheridan, Murrell CJ, Simon Corbell, Attorney-General; Greg Stretton, President ACT Bar Association; Martin Hockridge, President ACT Law Society. (PDF  132KB)  (RTF  90KB)

Ceremonial Sitting on the Retirement of the Honourable Chief Justice Terence Higgins AO, 13 September 2013 (PDF  103KB) (RTF  132KB)
(Speeches delivered by Chief Justice Higgins; Justice Refshauge, Simon Corbell, MLA; President of the Bar Association, Greg Stretton SC; and President of the Law Society, Ms Noor Blumer)

Ceremonial Sitting on the Occasion of the Retirement of Master David Harper 22 May 2013 (PDF  77KB) (RTF  148KB)
(Speeches by ACT Chief Justice Higgins; ACT Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, MLA; Gregory Stretton, President ACT Bar Association; Blumer, President of the ACT Law Society and Master Harper)

Ceremonial Sitting on the Occasion of the Retirement of the Honourable Justice Malcolm Gray 29 July 2011 (PDF  155KB) (RTF  93KB)
(Speeches by Chief Justice Higgins; Simon Corbell, MLA; Dr Bernadette Boss; Mr Athol Opas and Justice Gray)

Speech given by Justice Connolly at Ceremonial Sitting 31 January 2003 (PDF  85KB)  (RTF  81KB)

Ceremonial Sitting for the Retirement of Chief Justice Jeffrey Miles, Monday 30 September 2002 (PDF  942KB)  (RTF  221KB)

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