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The former chief judge has been appointed chairman of the NSW Law Reform Commission


Former New Wales Chief Justice Tom Bathurst of the Criminal Code has been appointed to head a law reform commission.

Tom Bathurst QC

This was stated by Attorney General Mark Spickman in his previous role Mr Bathurst oversaw a number of reforms, including how courts work with technology.

He described Mr Bathurst as a respected defender of the rule of law and the administration of justice, and said he was highly qualified to take on the role, having served as chief justice for more than 10 years.

He said Mr Bathurst’s legal acumen and experience would help the New Wales Law Reform Commission in its role of independent study of the state’s law and justice system to make sure it was fit for purpose.

Mr. Bathurst begins his appointment in June.

“Good legal reform requires both inquisitive legal minds and detailed knowledge of our laws, the justice system that supports them, and the community that serves the justice system,” Mr Spickman said.

“I am pleased that the Law Reform Commission and the people of New Wales will now benefit from its intelligence, leadership skills and smart judgment.”

Mr. Bathurst has also held other positions as President of NSW and the Australian Bar Association.

Mr Bathurst said it was a great honor for him to take on the role, which gave him the opportunity to look at the law from a different perspective.

“The NSW Law Reform Commission is doing significant work on research, questioning the law and advising on the reform,” Mr Bathurst said.

“It is a privilege to be appointed chairman of an institution with such respectable experience of reform and consultation.”

NSW Law Reform provides recommendations on government legal policy on matters referred to the Attorney General, including analytical reports and recommendations on legislative reform.

Mr Bathurst is taking over as chairman of Alan Cameron. His appointment ends on May 31, 2025.

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