Judges are the most senior members of the Family Court and are appointed by the Governor-General, usually from the ranks of the legal profession. Appointments to the Family Court have also included academics with special expertise in family law.

Judges conduct trials in a courtroom where they make decisions (orders) about parenting and/or financial matters.

NOTE: The date after the name of a judge in the following list is the date they were appointed to the Family Court or Family Court of Western Australia.

List of Judges

  • The Honourable Justice Janine Patricia Hazelwood Stevenson
    Location: Sydney
    Appointed on May 18, 2001
  • The Honourable Justice Stephen Ernest Thackray, Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia
    Location: Perth - Family Court of Western Australia
    Appointed on Dec 01, 2004
  • The Honourable Justice Robert James Charles Benjamin AM
    Location: Hobart
    Appointed on Aug 19, 2005
  • The Honourable Justice Victoria Jane Bennett AO
    Location: Melbourne
    Appointed on Nov 30, 2005
  • The Honourable Justice Paul Joseph Cronin
    Location: Melbourne
    Appointed on Dec 20, 2006
  • The Honourable Justice Simon Rutherford Moncrieff
    Location: Perth - Family Court of Western Australia
    Appointed on Aug 31, 2009
  • The Honourable Justice Margaret Cleary
    Location: Newcastle
    Appointed on Jul 08, 2010
  • The Honourable Justice William Johnston
    Location: Sydney
    Appointed on Jul 12, 2010
  • The Honourable Justice Ian Loughnan
    Location: Sydney
    Appointed on Jul 12, 2010
  • The Honourable Justice Colin James Forrest
    Location: Brisbane
    Appointed on Feb 02, 2011
  • The Honourable Justice Kirsty Marion Macmillan
    Location: Melbourne
    Appointed on Dec 14, 2011
  • The Honourable Justice Judith Anne Rees
    Location: Sydney
    Appointed on Dec 15, 2011
  • The Honourable Justice Susan Duncanson
    Location: Perth - Family Court of Western Australia
    Appointed on Dec 06, 2012
  • The Honourable Justice Peter Tree
    Location: Townsville
    Appointed on Jan 14, 2013
  • The Honourable Justice Jenny Hogan
    Location: Brisbane
    Appointed on Jan 14, 2013
  • The Honourable Justice David Berman
    Location: Adelaide
    Appointed on Jul 18, 2013
  • The Honourable Justice Sharon Johns
    Location: Melbourne
    Appointed on Jul 29, 2013
  • The Honourable Justice Garry Foster
    Location: Parramatta
    Appointed on Aug 08, 2013
  • The Honourable Justice Christine Thornton
    Location: Melbourne
    Appointed on Aug 12, 2013
  • The Honourable Justice Hilary Hannam
    Location: Parramatta
    Appointed on Aug 13, 2013
  • The Honourable Justice Catherine Carew
    Location: Brisbane
    Appointed on Mar 07, 2016
  • The Honourable Justice Richard O'Brien
    Location: Perth - Family Court of Western Australia
    Appointed on Apr 12, 2016
  • The Honourable Justice Shane Gill
    Location: Canberra
    Appointed on May 16, 2016
  • The Honourable Justice Michael Baumann AM
    Location: Brisbane
    Appointed on Jan 11, 2018
  • The Honourable Justice Gail Sutherland
    Location: Perth - Family Court of Western Australia
    Appointed on Mar 16, 2018