Chief Justice

The Chief Justice is responsible for ensuring the effective, orderly and expeditious discharge of the business of the Court (s 21B Family Law Act) and for managing its administrative affairs (s 38A). The Chief Justice is assisted in judicial responsibilities by the Deputy Chief Justice (s 21B) and in administrative responsibilities by the Chief Executive Officer (s 38B).

To ensure the best outcomes for disputing families, the Chief Justice is responsible for implementing world best-practice court services and procedures that provide high-level support for judicial officers and staff.

The Honourable John Pascoe AC CVO

The Honourable John Pascoe AC CVO was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia on 13 October 2017.

Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia for 13 years. His Honour is the Australian representative to the Hague Conference on Private International Law Experts’ Group on Parentage.

Chief Justice Pascoe brings to the Family Court a wealth of experience, as the former head of jurisdiction of the Commonwealth’s busiest trial court which is also the court which deals with most family law matters.

Chief Justice Pascoe has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.

His eminent service to the law and to the judiciary was recognised by his appointment as a Companion of the Order of Australia in January 2016.

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