Judicial Speeches

Speeches by Current Judges

Chief Justice Murrell

Justice Refshauge

Justice Penfold


Speeches by Former Judges

Chief Justice Higgins

Chief Justice Miles

Justice Crispin

Justice Connolly

Justice Gray

Master Harper

 

Ceremonial Sittings

Transcripts


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Chief Justice Murrell

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 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)


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)



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)

 

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 Justice Michael Elkaim, Canberra, 4 July 2016. Speeches by Mr Garrison on behalf of the ACT Attorney-General; Ken Archer, President ACT Bar Association; Martin Hockridge, 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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