The Honourable Justice Julie Anne Dodds-Streeton retired from the Federal Court of Australia as of midnight yesterday, Tuesday 1 April 2014.
Chairman, Will Alstergren SC attended Her Honour’s last sitting yesterday, as did Philip Crutchfield SC, President of the Commercial Bar Association. A number of Judges, members of the Commercial Bar Association, and former instructing solicitors also attended.
Her Honour served with distinction as a Judge for a total of more than 11 years – first on the Supreme Court of Victoria, as a Judge in the Trial Division for more than 5 years; and then as a Judge of Appeal for more than 2 years. She was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia effective 1 February 2010 – and served on that Court for more than 4 years.
Her Honour went to school at University High School. She placed first in her class in the History School at the University of Melbourne, winning the final examination prize and graduating with First Class Honours. She was a Tutor in the History School; then completed an Honours Degree in Law. She served Articles with Del Bobeff at Paveys and read with Joseph Santamaria (now a Judge of Appeal). She was a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Law School before coming to the Bar full-time. She took silk in 2001.
Her Honour served more than 15 years on the Law Council Insolvency & Corporate Reconstruction Committee. She established and taught in an LLM degree in Corporate Insolvency. Her contributions as a Director of Barristers Chambers Limited were significant.
Her retirement on the anniversary of her admission marks 33 years’ distinguished service in the Law – in the Academy, in practice and on the Bench.