Statement by President of Australian Bar Association, Matthew Howard SC

Australian Bar Association

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) joins with the Law Council of Australia in rejecting the claim reported by Fairfax Media on 12 and 13 January 2021 that ‘the Family Court of Australia has many corruption issues’ including ‘corrupt’ judges.

“The ABA has the highest respect for the judges of the Family Court of Australia and for their independence and integrity,” Mr Howard SC said.

“More Australians have contact with the family law system and courts than perhaps any other part of our justice system. It is important that the Australian community has and can have confidence in these courts, the hard-working judges who serve in them and the justice process more generally.

“The reported

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