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Court appointments

As the nation's first law officer, the Attorney-General is responsible for recommending judicial appointments to the Australian Government.

This includes appointments to the:

Requisite qualities for appointment

To be eligible for appointment as a Federal Court or Federal Circuit and Family Court judge, a person must have been enrolled as a legal practitioner of the High Court or a Supreme Court of a state or territory for at least five years.

To be eligible for appointment as a Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) (Division 1) judge a person must also by reason of knowledge, skills, experience and aptitude be a person suitable to deal with matters of family law, including matters involving family violence. This requirement also applies to appointments to the FCFCOA (Division 2) if the kind of matters that may be expected to come before that judge are family law matters.