Webinar – Judicial Impartiality Q&A: Exploring Viewpoints

Monday 19 July 2021 at 1.00PM – 2.30PM AEST

Join us as we explore different perspectives on proposals and questions raised in the Judicial Impartiality Consultation Paper.

In this webinar, we will discuss views from the bench, the profession, academia, and the community on proposals made and questions raised by the ALRC’s Judicial Impartiality Consultation Paper.

Registrations now closed

Proudly hosted by Monash University Faculty of Law and the Australian Law Reform Commission.

This webinar will explore:

  • whether there is a need to reform the law and procedure on judicial bias and, if so, the form those reforms should take,
  • the ethical rules around judges and lawyers communicating while a trial is ongoing,
  • understanding litigant and community perceptions of judicial impartiality, and
  • the institutional infrastructure required to best support judicial impartiality and public confidence in it.

The ALRC has been asked to undertake a review of the laws relating to impartiality and bias as they apply to the federal judiciary. In particular, it has been asked whether the law remains sufficient and appropriate to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice.  

This review comes as the High Court considers a high-profile case on whether communications between a judge and a lawyer while proceedings were ongoing gave rise to apprehended judicial bias.

Join us for a deeper understanding of the issues and insightful perspectives of those from all sides of the courtroom.

Questions for the panel can be submitted on registration, via email (impartiality@alrc.gov.au) or live during the webinar.


The Hon Justice John Middleton Part-time Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission Judge, Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Justice John Middleton
Part-time Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission and Judge, Federal Court of Australia


the Hon Justice William Alstergren

The Hon Chief Justice William Alstergren, Chief Justice, Family Court of Australia and Chief Judge, Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Prof Matthew Groves
Professor Matthew Groves, Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University

Nyadol Nyuon, Chair of Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change

George Selvanera, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Minal Vohra SC
Minal Vohra SC, Barrister, Owen Dixon Chambers East

This free, interactive webinar presented in partnership with Wolters Kluwer CCH Learning is part of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s current inquiry into Judicial Impartiality.


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