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Media Release - Asian Australian Lawyers Association welcomes the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration's updated handbook on diversity in judicial appointments


14 February 2024


The Asian Australian Lawyers Association welcomes an increased focus on cultural awareness and diversity in the selection of Australian judges, as described in the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration's updated handbook titled "Suggested Criteria for Judicial Appointment".


AALA National Vice-President, Belinda Wong, said: "Embracing diversity within the judiciary is not merely about representation - it is about fostering a judiciary that is sensitive to the needs of a multicultural society."


"Judicial diversity brings varied perspectives, lived experiences and insights into the courtroom. It empowers marginalised communities to see themselves reflected amongst decision makers and instils confidence in the fairness and impartiality of our legal institutions."


"By promoting both diversity and merit in judicial appointments, as the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration's report suggests, we affirm our commitment to upholding the principles of equality before the law."


"It is heartening that the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration has recognised that consideration of diversity is an important factor in enabling courts to better address the complex social, cultural, and systemic issues that form the context of underlying disputes."


"AALA stands ready to support and advance initiatives that promote diversity and inclusivity within our judiciary and tribunal appointments."


MEDIA CONTACT: Belinda Wong, vicepresident@aala.org.au.


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