Our members

The Judicial Commission has 10 members headed by the Chief Justice of NSW who is the President. The six official members are the heads of the State’s five courts as well as the President of the Court of Appeal. Of the four appointed members, the Governor of NSW appoints three people who, in the Attorney General’s opinion, have high standing in the community. The fourth is a legal practitioner appointed following consultations between the Attorney General and the Presidents of the Law Society of NSW and Bar Association of NSW.

Our president

The Honourable Tom Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW

President and official member — commenced 1 June 2011

Chief Justice Tom Bathurst was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1972 and admitted to the NSW Bar in 1977. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987 and Chief Justice of NSW in 2011. He was President of the Australian Bar Association (2008–09) and President of the NSW Bar Association (2010–11). The Chief Justice was also a Member of the Commonwealth Takeovers Panel (2008–11). In 2014, the Chief Justice became a Companion of the Order of Australia. As President, the Chief Justice is responsible for presiding at meetings and has a deliberative vote.

Our official members

The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President, NSW Court of Appeal

Official member — commenced 1 March 2013

Justice Margaret Beazley was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1975 and appointed Senior Counsel in NSW in 1989. She was a judicial member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal (1984–88); an acting District Court of NSW judge (1990–91); and Assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (1991–92). Justice Beazley was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia (1993–96), an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT (1994–97), and a judge of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia (1994–1996). In 1996, she was appointed a Judge of Appeal of the NSW Court of Appeal. In 2008, her Honour was awarded Doctor of Laws honoris cuasa (Hon LLD) by the University of Sydney. In 2012, she was one of the inaugural winners of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac “100 Women of Influence” Awards and, on 1 March 2013, she was appointed President of the Court of Appeal. In 2006, Justice Beazley became an Officer of the Order of Australia.

The Honourable Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court of NSW

Official member — commenced 14 November 2005

Justice Brian Preston was admitted to the Bar in 1987, appointed Senior Counsel in 1999 and Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court in 2005. He holds academic and editorial positions and has authored over 90 publications on environmental, administrative and criminal law. He has also been involved in a number of international environmental law consultancies and capacity-building programs for the judiciaries in Indonesia, Kenya, China, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He is a member of numerous legal professional committees and Chair of the Standing Committee on Environmental Law of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA)

The Honourable Justice Derek Price AM, Chief Judge, District Court of NSW

Official member — commenced 8 August 2014

Justice Derek Price worked as a solicitor in Sydney and Dubbo, becoming a partner with Peacocke, Dickens and King in 1974. In 1988, his Honour was appointed a magistrate of the Local Court of NSW. He was appointed an acting judge of the District Court of NSW in 1999 and this appointment became permanent in 2000. In 2002, his Honour was appointed Chief Magistrate of the Local Court of NSW during which time he served as a member of the Judicial Commission. In 2006, his Honour was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW. His Honour has also been a member of the Governing Council of the Judicial Conference of Australia (1997–2000). Justice Price was appointed the Chief Judge of the District Court of NSW on 8 August 2014 and remains a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW. In 2010, Justice Price was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

His Honour Judge Graeme Henson AM, Chief Magistrate, Local Court of NSW

Official member — commenced 28 August 2006

Judge Graeme Henson was admitted to the Bar in 1980 and served as Deputy Solicitor for Public Prosecutions in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW). He was appointed a magistrate in 1988, Deputy Chief Magistrate in 1994, Chief Magistrate of the Local Court of NSW in 2006, and a judge of the District Court of NSW in 2010. His Honour is a member of the Governing Council of the Judicial Conference of Australia; the Advisory Committee, Faculty of Law, Australian Catholic University; and the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong.

Mr Peter Kite SC, Chief Commissioner, Industrial Relations Commission of NSW

Official member — commenced 1 May 2017

Mr Peter Kite SC is the Chief Commissioner of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, appointed to that position on 3 April 2017. He was formerly Acting Deputy President and an acting judge of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, appointed on 2 December 2014, a commission he held until 2 June 2015.

Chief Commissioner Kite came to the Industrial Relations Commission after over 30 years as a barrister specialising in industrial law. He was appointed Senior Counsel in November 1996 and was the NSW Bar Association’s representative on the NSW Industrial Relations Advisory Council between November 2010 and December 2014. He also served as Chair of the Executive of the Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section of the Law Council from October 2002 to October 2008. Between 2000 and 2014, Chief Commissioner Kite was also a Director of Camp Quality Limited, a national children’s cancer charity.

Our appointed members

Dr Judith Cashmore AO, BA (Hons) Dip Ed, M Ed, PhD

Appointed member — appointed 1 December 2004; reappointed 19 August 2009 for 3 years; reappointed 7 November 2012 for 3 years; reappointed 9 December 2015 for 3 years

Dr Judith Cashmore is currently Professor of Socio-legal Research and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University (Division of Arts). Dr Cashmore has chaired or served on numerous non-government and State and Commonwealth government committees concerning child sexual assault, child protection, child deaths, children’s rights and family law. As a research academic, she has a keen interest in the application of research to policy and practice, particularly in relation to legal and administrative decision-making and children’s involvement in legal proceedings. In 2010, Dr Cashmore became an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Mr David Giddy BA LLB

Appointed member — appointed 7 November 2012; reappointed 9 December 2015 for 3 years

Mr David Giddy was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 1978 and practised as a solicitor in general practice until 1990. Since 1990 he has practised exclusively in criminal law and is an accredited specialist in criminal law. In 1996, he became a member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of NSW. He has represented the Law Society on many panels, committees and commissions. In July 2009, he was awarded the Inaugural Law Society President’s Medal in recognition of his significant personal and professional contributions to the betterment of law and justice as a solicitor in NSW.

Professor Brian McCaughan AM, MB BS

Appointed member — appointed 16 May 2010 for 3 years; reappointed 30 October 2013 for 3 years

Professor McCaughan is a cardiothoracic surgeon based at the Royal Prince Alfred Medical Centre, Sydney, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Professor McCaughan has served as Chair of the NSW State Royal Australian College of Surgeons Committee, President of the NSW Medical Board and Chair of the Sustainable Access Health Priority Taskforce. He has served as a Director of Surgical Services at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and Area Director of Cardiovascular Services, Central Sydney Area Health Service. He is Chair of Boards of the Clinical Excellence Commission and the Agency for Clinical Innovation. In 2009, Professor McCaughan became a Member of the Order of Australia.

Mr Yair Miller OAM, BA

Appointed member — appointed 28 October 2015 for 3 years

Mr Yair Miller has worked at board and senior management level for over 15 years in the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. He has served as a Community Member of the NSW State Parole Authority and President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. He also sits on the Board of Governors for numerous international organisations including the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and the International School of Jewish Leadership. Yair has a BA in Social Sciences and International Studies, with a Major in Middle Eastern Politics, from the University of Technology Sydney and an Advanced Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management) from the Australian Emergency Management Institute, a division of the Australian Federal Attorney General’s Department.