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A new Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice have been appointed to the Family Court of Australia. Chief Justice William Alstergren and his deputy Robert McClelland took up their new positions on 28 September, as Chief Justice John Pascoe AC CVO retired.

President of the Law Society of NSW Doug Humphreys congratulated the new appointees and wished Chief Justice Pascoe well for his many years of service to the family law system.

“Chief Justice Pascoe has provided distinguished service to the family law system over many years and the Law Society wishes him well in retirement,” Humphreys said.

“The Law Society has been active this year in advocating for a single court to deal with family law matters, with appropriate funding and resource commitments.

“We will continue to advocate for a robust and specialised family law system, and we look forward to working with the new Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice in this regard.”