Judicial Profiles

Justice Janine Pritchard
President, State Administrative Tribunal

Justice Pritchard commenced as the President of the State Administrative Tribunal on 4 June 2019.

Her Honour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2010 and appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal in 2018.  Between June 2009 and June 2010, her Honour was a judge of the District Court of Western Australia and during that period she served as a Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal. 

From 1991 until her appointment to the District Court, Justice Pritchard worked at the Western Australian State Solicitor’s Office.  Justice Pritchard also lectured and tutored in law at Western Australian universities at various times during the same period.

Justice Pritchard holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Australian National University, as well as a Master of Laws degree (with Distinction) from the University of London. Her Honour also holds a Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies from Murdoch University.


Judge Tim Sharp
Deputy President, State Administrative Tribunal

Judge Tim Sharp graduated from the University of Dundee with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1974. He was then articled to Mackenzie, Roberton & Co, one of the oldest law firms in Glasgow, practising primarily in the area of banking law, where he became a partner in 1979.

In July 1985, Judge Sharp and his family moved to Australia. He was a partner of the firm now named King & Wood Mallesons from 1989 to 1997, practising in a broad range of commercial areas, including banking, corporate insolvency, property and property finance and corporate. He was latterly the head of the firm’s commercial property group.

In 1997, Judge Sharp joined the Crown Solicitor's office as Deputy Crown Solicitor and head of the commercial section. He represented the State in a wide range of significant commercial matters, including sales and privatisations of various State utilities. In 2003, he was appointed Crown Solicitor (now State Solicitor) for the State of Western Australia, providing a broad range of advice to the Premier, State Ministers and to the Chief Executive Officers of State Government Departments and Agencies.

He remained in that position until his appointment to the District Court and to the State Administrative Tribunal in August 2010.

Judge Sharp has extensive experience as a solicitor, primarily in commercial and public law. He has been a member of numerous Ministerial and State Cabinet subcommittees, overviewing a wide range of complex and sometimes politically sensitive projects and reviews.

Within the Tribunal’s varied jurisdiction, Judge Sharp sits on a wide range of cases, including matters relating to State taxation, vocational regulation, planning and human rights.

Since November 2018, Judge Sharp has been the acting President of the Tribunal, following the resignation of Justice Curthoys, who is now sitting in the Supreme Court.


Judge David Parry
District Court of Western Australia
Deputy President, State Administrative Tribunal

Judge David Parry graduated from the University of Sydney with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (1987) and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) (1989) and from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree (1991). Judge Parry practised as a solicitor with Allen, Allen & Hemsley, Sydney (1991 - 1993) and then as an independent barrister at St James' Hall Chambers and Martin Place Chambers, Sydney (1994 - 2004). He tutored in Evidence at the University of Sydney Law School (1992 - 1993) and was the Managing Editor of the Environmental Law Reporter published by the NSW Environment and Planning Law Association (2001 - 2003).

Judge Parry was appointed as a senior member of the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia (SAT) and served as the head of the Tribunal’s development and resources stream from the establishment of SAT in January 2005 until his appointment as a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia and as a Deputy President of the Tribunal in June 2011. Judge Parry was as a Deputy President of SAT for five years from June 2011 to June 2016 and heard cases in the development and resources, guardianship and administration and vocational regulation jurisdictions. 

After sitting as a criminal and civil trial judge in the District Court from July 2016 to September 2017, Judge Parry was reappointed as a Deputy President of SAT for a further five year term commencing on 9 October 2017. 

He is the principal author of several of SAT's practice notes, pamphlets and other publications, including the Standard orders made at directions hearings, mediation and compulsory conferences.  Judge Parry is the co-author (with Member Dr Bertus De Villiers) of the book Guide to proceedings in the WA State Administrative Tribunal (Lawbook Co / Thomson Reuters, 2012) and a corresponding chapter in the WA Lawyers’ Practice Manual. He has also written a number of journal articles in relation to SAT's practice, procedure and dispute resolution processes.

Last updated: 5-Jun-2019

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