Issue 2 - 5 April 2021
Monday, 05 April 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
The Hon. Chief Justice of Australia Susan Kiefel delivered the Tenth Austin Asche Oration
The Hon. Chief Justice of Australia Susan Kiefel delivered the Tenth Austin Asche Oration

Chief Justice highlights judicial independence at Tenth Austin Asche Oration

By Helen Pereira

The Hon. Chief Justice of Australia Susan Kiefel AC explored the issues surrounding judicial independence when she delivered the Tenth Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance in Darwin on Saturday 27 March.

She explained why, in her view, judicial independence of thought is not always vigorously pursued and why it is not always a force for good. 

Chief Justice Kiefel said that "judicial indpeendence" can have many interpretations.

"There is some belief that judicial independence means independence from the law itself," she said.

"We should [also] not too readily assume that other jurisdictions adhere to the same meaning of judicial indpendence."

The Oration, hosted jointly by Charles Darwin University and the Australian Academy of Law, honours the service of The Hon. Austin Asche AC QC to the people of the Northern Territory and his contribution to law, tertiary education and the community.

Chief Justice Kiefel is the first woman to serve as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. 

She has served on the High Court since 2007 and was appointed Chief Justice in 2017.

Chief Justice Kiefel is Patron of the Australian Academy of Law. 

More than 150 people attended the event in the Grand Ballroom, Hilton Darwin.

The Oration was livestreamed and can be viewed at https://www.cdu.edu.au/events/tenth-austin-asche-oration-law-and-governance/livestream