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Justice Janine Pritchard appointed President


Media Statement – 3 April 2019

Justice Pritchard returns to the Tribunal as the new President and will commence her five-year term beginning on 4 June 2019.

Previously Justice Pritchard served as Deputy President of the Tribunal after her appointment to the District Court of Western Australia in June 2009. Subsequently, she was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in June 2010, and as a judge of the Court of Appeal in September 2018. Although Justice Pritchard is commencing her new role as President, she also will maintain her commissions as a judge of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.

The Attorney General John Quigley said "I am delighted a jurist of the calibre of Justice Pritchard will steer the SAT well into the next decade, giving the community renewed confidence in the Tribunal which plays a central mediation and arbitration role in issues of great importance to ordinary Western Australians.

"Justice Pritchard will become the first woman to serve as President of this crucial arm of Western Australia's justice system since the inception of the Tribunal 14 years ago.

"I would like to also thank both of the existing Deputy Presidents of the Tribunal who have continued to provide dedicated service to the State in the period since the former President, Justice Curthoys, returned to the Supreme Court.

"In particular, I acknowledge Deputy President Sharp who has carried out the role of Acting President during that time."