Joint statement - Heads of Jurisdiction of Victoria’s courts and tribunal

Posted on 29 Jun 2020

We are each committed to making sure that our courts and tribunal are safe, healthy and respectful workplaces. We understand the importance of doing so.

We understand that a safe workplace has people who value honesty, use their power responsibly, and strive to earn and sustain trust.

A healthy workplace fosters wellbeing through sound governance and accountable, open and transparent practices. A respectful workplace is fair and inclusive, with leaders who model ethical behaviour.

Diversity and inclusion cannot thrive where disrespectful and unethical conduct occurs.

Judicial officers hold a leadership position in society. Our behaviour should reflect the trust and confidence the community places in us. The judiciary must lead by example by rejecting improper and unethical behaviour. It must not be tolerated in any circumstance. We will not tolerate it.

Failing to do so will jeopardise the operation of the justice system and erode trust.

Robust workplace policies and procedures are important. But they must be accompanied by building a culture in which improper conduct does not occur and where anyone who sees it or learns of it will take steps to address it.

We have worked in the past with the Judicial College of Victoria to develop and deliver its advanced court leadership and workplace programs for judicial officers to ensure we have that culture and that the Victorian judiciary maintains the highest standards of integrity both individually and collectively. Our work with the College in this area is continuing.

We have policies and procedures in place to protect our staff and address improper conduct. We are reviewing them and we will do more to ensure that all who work in our courts and tribunal are aware of and clearly understand them.

We are united in our commitment to providing a positive and inclusive environment for all who work with us. Together, we will continue to build a culture of respect in our courts and tribunal.

Anne Ferguson's signature Peter Kidd's signature
The Honourable Justice Anne Ferguson
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
The Honourable Justice Peter Kidd
Chief Judge of the County Court
Michelle Quigley's signature Lisa Hannan's signature
The Honourable Justice Michelle Quigley
President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Her Honour Judge Lisa Hannan
Chief Magistrate
Amanda Chambers'signature John Cain's signature
Her Honour Judge Amanda Chambers
President of the Children's Court
His Honour Judge John Cain
State Coroner