“Your Honour’s skilled achievements are dazzling, your rise within the career meteoric,” Katzmann mentioned on the time.
She described Jagot’s “fast progress by the ranks of the career” as “a tribute to the standard of the general public schooling system on this nation, the ambition of your migrant dad and mom for a greater life for his or her kids, your formidable mind and, maybe above all, your capability for laborious work”.
The Excessive Court docket was established in 1901, though the primary bench was not appointed till 1903. The primary sitting of the court docket occurred in Melbourne on October 6, 1903.
Of the seven judges on the Excessive Court docket, which has been headed by Chief Justice Susan Kiefel since January 2017, three are girls and Jagot will grow to be the fourth subsequent month. Kiefel is the nation’s first feminine Excessive Court docket chief justice.
Jagot has presided over all kinds of issues within the Federal Court docket, together with defamation instances, appeals in migration issues, mental property disputes and native title instances.
Professor George Williams, a constitutional legislation skilled and deputy vice-chancellor on the College of NSW, mentioned Jagot was an “impeccable appointment who will likely be welcomed by the career”.
“She has the abilities and background to make a superb Excessive Court docket choose,” Williams mentioned.
“The truth that we can have a feminine majority of the Excessive Court docket is after all historic and really vital. This displays the truth that the vast majority of legislation graduates at the moment are feminine. Alternatively, girls will not be pretty represented in another elements of the career, equivalent to within the barristers that seem earlier than the court docket, particularly in talking roles.
“It says a lot that of the primary 44 individuals appointed to the Excessive Court docket, just one was feminine. In 2005, there have been no girls in any respect on the Excessive Court docket. Since then, half of the 12 appointments have been feminine. It is a fast turnaround for a slow-moving establishment just like the Excessive Court docket.”
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