Biographical Information
 
 

Mr Philip Argy, Convenor

Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques

Philip Argy is a Partner in the Sydney office of Mallesons Stephen Jaques where he is Head of the Intellectual Property, Trade Practices and Technology Group. Philip specialises in computer and high technology law and trade practices (antitrust and fair trading).
He has been a computer buff for more than 25 years and is also an experienced programmer.
He is National Vice President 1998/99, and Vice Chairman 1998 of the NSW Branch, of the Australian Computer Society.  Philip is also a member of the Federal Attorney-General's Electronic Commerce Expert Group, a Participating Member of Standards Association of Australia Committee IT/11 (Electronic Data Interchange) and was a member of the Legal Issues Working Party for the former Prime Minister's National Information Services Council.
He is a Past President and founding member of the New South Wales Society for Computers and the Law, Chairman of the Information Technology Committee of the Law Council of Australia, and the Computer Law Association. He is editor of the Australian edition of Computers For Lawyers, and writes a regular opinion column for Australian Personal Computer Magazine.

Mr Peter Bennington

Manager, Information Systems,

National Native Title Tribunal
Peter Bennington is the Manager of Information Systems for the National Native Title Tribunal and has 15 years experience in the Information Technology industry. He graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Business (Information Processing) in 1985. Peter joined the Tribunal in June 1995 and his responsibilities include the management of Applications Systems Development, IT Help desk services and Network and Communication services. He has had the challenge of deploying IT in a growing organisation where staff numbers have grown from 40 to 230 and where the number of regional offices requiring IT support has grown from 1 to 7.
Prior to joining the Tribunal he was the Manager of Applications Development for the Valuer General of Western Australia for a period of 3 years where he was responsible for the development of the land and property valuation systems. Peter has also worked as an IT consultant for approximately seven years across many industries where he developed information systems for organisations such as WA Treasury Corporation, WA Electoral Commission, Hamersley Iron, State Taxation Department and the Building Management Authority.

The Hon Justice Michael Black AC, Convenor

Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia

Chief Justice Black was born in 1940. After attending schools in Australia, Egypt and England he received his further education at Wesley College, Melbourne, and the University of Melbourne. From 1964 until his appointment as Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia in January 1991, he practised as a barrister as a member of the Victorian Bar. He was appointed Queen's Counsel for Victoria in 1980 and for Tasmania in 1984. As a junior barrister his practice included civil jury actions as well as commercial
and public law cases. As Queen's Counsel he specialised in appellate work  before the High Court of Australia and other appellate courts. His work as Queen's Counsel also included cases in the fields of constitutional, commercial and industrial law. Chief Justice Black has had a particular interest in legal education, having been foundation chairman of the Victorian Bar's course of instruction for new barristers.

The Hon Sir Gerard Brennan AC

Chief Justice of Australia
The Chief Justice was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, on 22 May 1928. He was educated in Queensland and in 1951 he was admitted to the Queensland Bar. He was appointed a QC in Queensland in 1965 and subsequently in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
He was President of the Bar Association of Queensland 1974-1976 and of the Australian Bar Association 1975-76 and a member of the Executive of the Law Council of Australia 1974-76.
His appointments were as follows:
1975 - part-time member of the Australian Law Reform Commission; retired 1977.
1976 - a Judge of the Australian Industrial Court and an additional Judge
of the Supreme Courts of the Australian Capital Territory and of the
Northern Territory.
1977 - one of the foundation judges of the Federal Court of Australia
1981 - a Justice of the High Court of Australia.
He was appointed Chief Justice on 21 April 1995 and was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 10 March 1981 and a Companion of the Order of Australia on 26 January 1988. The following honorary degrees have been conferred on him: Hon LLD (Trinity College, Dublin) (1988); Hon LLD (University of Qld) (1996); Hon DLitt (Central Qld University) (1996).

The Hon Justice Neil Buckley, Convenor

President, AIJA

Justice Buckley has been a Judge of the Family Court of Australia in 1983, and a Judge Administrator for the Northern Region of the Family Court since 1988 (now including Queensland, the Northern Territory, and New South Wales). A member of the AIJA Council since 1989 and a member of the Board since 1992, Justice Buckley has been involved with a number of AIJA research project advisory committees, has chaired several of its committees, and has been actively involved in many of the AIJA's major projects and conferences. He was Deputy President of the AIJA 1994-1996 and was elected President in 1996.

The Hon Justice Michael William Campbell

Chief Judge, Compensation Court of New South Wales

Justice Campbell was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1955, and took silk in 1974. He was a Judge of that State's Workers Compensation Commission from 1975 to 1984 and of the Compensation Court of New South Wales from 1984 to 1986. In 1986 he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. From 1988 to 1994 he was the first chairman of the multi-court User Committee of the Sentencing Information System (now the Judicial Information Research System) of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales. He was appointed Chief Judge in 1994. He has held that office during the development and installation of the Court's present version of its Phoenix case management and information system.

Ms Sandra Davey

Legal Information Standards Council, Foundation Law

Sandra Davey is the Manager of Foundation Law, a communications technology project of the Law Foundation of NSW that uses the Web to promote public access to Australian law and legal information. Sandra is responsible for the day-to-day running of the site and its continued development. She participates in the Electronic Services Committee of the Law Society of NSW and is a committee member of the NSW Society for Computers and the Law.
As a qualified trainer, Sandra has trained over 250 lawyers and over 500 librarians in the use of the Internet as a research and business tool. She has spoken and written extensively on the use of the Internet for lawyers and is most recently, co-author of Butterworths book Laying Down the Law Online.
Sandra can be reached via email at sldavey@fl.asn.au or via the Foundation Web site at www.fl.asn.au
 

Mr Tony de la Fosse

High Court of Australia

Tony de la Fosse BA, GDip HRM, MBA is the Senior Deputy Marshal - Administration of the High Court of Australia. His responsibilities include Information Technology, Finance, Personnel and the delivery of Technical Services. He is a member of the Working Party established by the Council of Chief Justices to examine the possible application of Electronic Appeals.

Mr Phil Farrelly

Clayton Utz, Victoria

Philip Farrelly joined Clayton Utz in January 1997 to support the Estate Mortgage trial that commenced in the Supreme Court in February 1997. The Estate Mortgage trial system was set up as an INTRANET with all relevant material stored on one of three WEB servers used in the courtroom. More recently he has implemented a leading edge document mangement system again using Intranet/Internet technology. This system manages the documents relating to a multi-billion dollar divestment project allowing updates and access from around the world.
Prior to joining Clayton Utz Philip worked for four years with the DPP (State and Commonwealth) and two years with the NCA in a capacity as Information Technology Manager. At the DPP Philip assisted with the development of the Commonwealth's standard litigation support system which included multimedia based courtroom systems. Philip designed and implemented the systems used in Victoria's first two computer based criminal trials (Elders Forex and ProImage) and a number of others yet to come to trial. His work here included the management of tasks including the collating, scanning, database design and CD-ROM production. He also designed and implemented network systems for the courtrooms in question.

Prof Graham Greenleaf

AUSTLII and University of NSW

Graham Greenleaf is a Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, where he specialises in the relationships between information technology and law. He has degrees in Arts and Law, and is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. He was one of the five 1996 ComputerWorld Fellows, awarded for distinguished contributions to the development of information technology in Australia. He was the foundation President of the NSW Society for Computers and the Law.
He is the Co-Director of the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), one of the largest free law sites on the internet (http://www.austlii.edu.au/).In conjunction with AustLII Co-Director Andrew Mowbray, he has researched and taught the computerisation of law for over a decade, including co-authorship of a textbook on computerised legal research, and a commissioned report on Information Technology in Complex Criminal Trials.
Further details are on his Home Page at http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham/
 

Federal Agent John Geurts

Australian Federal Police

John Geurts has been a member of the Australian Federal Police for 16½ years.  He is currently attached to the AFP's Eastern Region headquarters in Sydney, and has spent the majority of the last 5 years as a team leader and senior team member in the proactive investigation of transnational organised crime syndicates.  It was during this period that he developed a three-dimensional evidence matrix to support both the investigation and prosecution phases of these investigations.  Before to transferring to Sydney, John spent 3 years at the Training Division in Canberra, where his duties included investigations training and the development of the AFP's pilot Corporate Crime Course.  John's interest in developing computer applications in support of major investigations began during his time in the ACT Region Fraud Squad, where he developed numerous databases to support the investigation of serious crimes.
 

Mr Stephen Hall

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Perth
 
Stephen Hall is an Assistant Director in the Perth Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.  He has been in charge of the Corporate Prosecutions Branch in that office since that branch was set up in 1991 when the DPP took over responsibility for  prosecutions flowing from the Australian Securities Commission.   He has been personally responsible for a number of high profile prosecutions, including those of Robin Greenburg,  Kevin Parry and Alan Bond.  He has appeared as counsel at trials and on appeals in a number of those matters.

Mr Derek Hamill

Law Society of NSW

Derek Hamill is the Information Technology Adviser to the Law Society of NSW. Previously Derek worked for a leading legal technology company and was for a period of time a legal practitioner.
Derek has a brief to assist and educate members of the Law Society with respect to technology, and to co-ordinate initiatives founded on technology that benefit the Law Society in the quality of service it provides to its members. Derek also represents the Law Society (and its members) interests in the provision of information systems that benefit solicitors in particular, and the legal system in general.
As a service to members of the Law Society Derek consults on technology, assisting law firms to improve services to their clients by optimising the use of information technology in their practices. Derek has published a Legal Computing HandBook and represents the Law Society and its members' technology interests on various committees.
Derek is co-ordinating a number of diverse projects, including development of the Law Society's Web based online system, payment and settlement systems, and electronic precedents.
 

Ms Vicky Harris

Director, LexTech Pty Ltd

Vicky has wide experience in Legal Information Services. She graduated with honours in law from Aberystwyth University College of Wales. She gained a distinction in a Diploma in Management Studies and worked for Oyez Services in London U.K. undertaking research and development for the provision of services to the legal profession.
Her Australian law firm experience includes managing the Litigation Support Departments in both Freehill Hollingdale & Page and Clayton Utz in Melbourne. She has project managed numerous large scale discovery lists, co-ordinated documents in several due diligence matters, and established a comprehensive Environmental Law database.
Vicky founded LexTech in 1992. The company provides advice upon document management to law firms, barristers, and government agencies with a focus on litigation support.
Vicky has written numerous articles and published an authoritative work on Litigation Support Management. She formed the Association of Litigation Support Managers (ALSM) in Australia and is a member of the Information Technology Committee for the Law Council of Australia. She is undertaking a Masters in the Management of Technology (MMT) at Melbourne University, specialising in Turning Data into Information for Lawyers as her research project.
 

Mr Dave Harrison

Future Technology Resources Pty Ltd
 

His Hon Judge David Harvey

New Zealand

Judge David Harvey is a Judge of the District Court of New Zealand and sits at Otahuhu in Auckland. He holds warrants for general, jury and Youth Court Jurisdictions. Judge Harvey studied at Auckland University where he graduated LLB in 1969. He completed a Master of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Waikato in 1994. Judge Harvey was involved in general litigation practice with an emphasis initially upon criminal work and latterly upon family and commercial litigation and practiced in Hamilton and Auckland. He was appointed to the bench in 1988.
Judge Harvey's interest in computers and Information Technology commenced in 1980 and he was involved in the introduction of word processing and computer based trust accounting and practice management systems to his firm whilst in practice. He has been actively involved in the introduction of Information Technology for the Judiciary since 1990 and has consulted formerly with the Department of Justice and subsequently with the Department for Courts on behalf of the District Court. He was actively involved in the design and development of the Judicial Workstation, a litigation support and information program designed for use by the New Zealand Judiciary.
His email address is djhdcj@ihug.co.nz and his District Court webpage is at
http://www.law.auckland.ac.nz/court/dc/dchome.htm
 
Mr Foo Chee Hock

District Judge, Senior Deputy Registrar, Subordinate Courts, Singapore

Mr Foo Chee Hock is a District Judge and concurrently the Senior Deputy Registrar of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. His judicial duties include the hearing of civil and criminal trials, coroner's inquiries, Order 14 applications, injunctions and other civil interlocutory applications, Night Court duties and Duty District Judge in Court 26 (criminal mentions court). He graduated in 1984 from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Law degree. He went on tocomplete a Master of Law degree at the University of Cambridge in 1989.Mr Foo was called to the Singapore Bar in 1987.
Mr Foo was an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court before joining the Legal Aid Bureau, and then the Subordinate Courts. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Technology Court Committee, which is responsible for the construction of the Technology Court, a Technology Chambers and four Digital Recording Courts, in the Subordinate Courts complex. He is also Chairman of the Video-taping of Trials Committee,which is tasked to study and implement the video-taping of trials.
Mr Foo is also in charge of the Technology Portfolio of the Justice Policy Group, which is a planning body set up to study trends and emerging issues which may affect the courts; and to formulate appropriate policies to respond to those challenges.

Ms Giulia Inga

Principal Courts Administrator, Compensation Court of New South Wales

Giulia Inga was appointed to the position of Principal Courts Administrator, Compensation Court of New South Wales in June 1997. Ms Inga was admitted as a solicitor in 1980, when she worked in private practice in Sydney, mainly in the area of civil litigation. She joined the then Commonwealth Deputy Crown Solicitor's Office in 1982 as a prosecutions lawyer. In 1984, she was appointed as a registrar with the Federal Court of Australia and was the District Registrar of the New South Wales District Registry for the period 1992 to 1995. During 1985 and 1986 she was a Principal Legal Officer with the "Age Tapes" Royal Commission of Inquiry and prior to joining the Compensation Court, the Legal Manager of the Sydney Office of the National Crime Authority. During her time with the Federal Court, Ms Inga had experience with the use of video-conferencing.
 

Professor Fred Lederer

Director, Courtroom 21 Project

Fredric I. Lederer is Chancellor Professor of Law and Director of the Courtroom 21 Project at the College of William & Mary's School of Law. Professor Lederer's areas of specialisation include evidence, trial practice, criminal procedure, military law, and legal technology. Professor
Lederer is the author or co-author of eleven books, numerous articles, and two law related education television series. Among his works in progress is Basic Advocacy and Litigation In a Technological World. Professor Lederer is the founder and Director of the Courtroom 21 Project, "The Courtroom of the 21st Century Today." The Project includes, in the Law School's McGlothlin Courtroom, the world's most technologically advanced trial and appellate courtroom.
 

Mr Jeff Leeuwenburg, Convenor

Information Technology Consultant

Jeff is a lone wolf consultant, with his own company, Silver Stream Pty Ltd. He comes from a background in Librarianship, has been a consultant somewhere between Information Services and Information Technology, since 1986. His special fields are document imaging, litigation support, and CD-ROM applications. His main client currently is the Australian Securities Commission, and his other clients have included other Federal and State Government Departments, Tertiary Institutions, and the private sector. He has had clients in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.
 

Mr John Lloyd

Dun and Bradstreet
 

Ms Roseanne McInnes

Stipendiary Magistrate, South Australia
 

Mr James McMillan

National Center for State Courts, USA

James E. McMillan joined the National Center for State Courts in October, 1990 and currently directs the Court Technology Laboratory and assists with the Courtroom 21 project in conjunction with the William and Mary School of Law. He serves as faculty for the Institute for Court Management, and has provided technical assistance for numerous trial and appellate courts including the United States Supreme Court, and many state supreme courts.
Internationally he has consulted with courts in the Bahamas, Trinidad, Ukraine, the Russian Federation and for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal. Before joining the National Center, he directed information services for the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts.
 

Mr Dan Muling

Deputy Chief Magistrate, Victoria

Dan Muling was appointed Deputy Chief Magistrate on 14 November 1995. He qualified with a Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne University in 1989 and was appointed a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1991. Past positions include Clerk of Courts (Magistrates' Courts), Assistant Registrar (County Court), Chief Executive Officer (County Court), Registrar, Victorian Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Registrar, Magistrates' Court/Crimes Compensation Tribunal.
 

Mr Jim Nelms

Registrar, Residential Tenancies Tribunal, Victoria
 

Mr Giles Nunis

Department of Justice, Western Australia

Giles Nunis is currently the Director Courts Development in the Western Australian Ministry of Justice. He has a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and has worked in Courts for 14 years. His current responsibilities are Court Technology, budget management for courts, court reform, strategic planning and performance evaluation.
 

The Hon Justice Trevor Olsson, Convenor

Supreme Court of South Australia

Trevor Olsson was appointed a Master of the Supreme Court of South Australia, May 1963, Deputy President of the State Industrial Court and Commission in March 1969 and then elevated to President of the Industrial Court and Commission in October 1975.
Whilst holding office in the industrial jurisdiction he was responsible for the introduction of modern word processing and basic computer facilities within the Court and Commission as well as the initial development of stenotype court reporting.
He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia on 28 June 1984 and was a founding judicial member of courts computerisation project committee, Court Services Department.
He has since served as the Chairman of the Judicial Computing Committee of the Courts Administration Authority since 1990, and as Chairman of the Summing Up Precedents Committee in relation to computerised precedents for use of the judiciary, and the Chairman, of JURIS, (Judicial Research Information System) management committee.
He is an Immediate Past President of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration and has taken particular interest in its activities related to information technology aspects.
 

Mr Victor Perton

Chair, Victorian Parliamentary Law Reform Committee

Victor Perton MP has represented Doncaster in the Legislative Assembly in the Victorian Parliament since 1988. He is a Barrister-at-Law and has qualifications in law and economics from Monash University, Beijing University and Melbourne University. His two passions in politics are:
increasing public and industry participation in law making; and, maximising Victoria's and Australia's roles on the information superhighway.
Victor is Chairman of the Coalition Government's Multimedia Committee and, since March, 1996, he has been Chairman of the Victorian All-Party Parliamentary Law Reform Committee. Currently, the Committee is conducting a cutting edge Inquiry into the opportunities available in the use of new technologies to streamline the administration of courts and tribunals and improve access to courts and tribunals by members of the public.
 

Mr Chris Priestly

Ringtail Solutions Pty Ltd
 

Prof Greg Reinhardt, Convenor

Executive Director, AIJA

Greg Reinhardt is a graduate of the Law School at The University of Melbourne. He graduated in 1976 with the Degrees of LLB(Hons) and BA. Greg was articled in the firm of Ellison, Hewison & Whitehead (which became Minter Ellison), practised as an employee solicitor in that firm and then became Partner in 1982. He remained at the firm as a Partner until 1991.
His particular expertise as a practising solicitor was in the area of commercial litigation but with particular emphasis on the law of insolvency.
In 1991, he retired from practice and became a full-time academic at the University of Melbourne. He has taught a number of subjects, including civil procedure and insolvency law. His particular research interests are civil procedure, and law of insolvency and insurance law. From April 1995 to March 1997 he was Academic Secretary of the Victorian Attorney-General's Law Reform Advisory Council.
In February 1997, Greg took up the appointment as Executive Director of The Australian Institute of Judicial Administration. The Institute is concerned with judicial education and research into judicial administration. He is the editor of the Journal of Judicial Administration.
 

Mr Grahame Reynolds

General Manager, Auscript

Grahame Reynolds is the General Manager of Auscript, Australia's largest national court reports service. He joined the Commonwealth Reporting Service in 1991 after a distinguished career in television with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He was the Director of Television when he made a move to the commercial sector of the business in television and film production and distribution. Mr Reynolds then made a career shift to
take up the executive position with the reporting service.
 

Mr Alan Rose AO

President, The Australian Law Reform Commission

Alan Rose was appointed President of the Australian Law Reform Commission on 23 May 1994 for five years. Before taking up this position he had been successively Secretary to the Attorney-General's Department (1989-1994); Associate Secretary to the Attorney-General's Department (1987-1989); Secretary to the Department of Community Services (1986-1987); Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (1982-1986).
He lectured in law at the University of Queensland between 1971 and 1973 having graduated BA(1966) LLB(Hons)(1969) from the University of Queensland and LLM University of London (LSE)(1979) and was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland (1973).
Mr Rose is a member of the Administrative Review Council, and in 1993 was elected to the Governing Council of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, Rome, for a five year period. He is a member of the Board of the Constitutional Centenary Foundation and the Board of the Australian Legal Resources International.
 

Mr Michael Rozenes QC

Mr Michael Rozenes QC obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Monash University and was admitted as a Barrister in 1972. He took silk in 1986. From 1972 to 1976 he had a general criminal and common law practice and from 1977 to 1991 he practised exclusively in the criminal jurisdiction with a specialisation over the last ten years in complex taxation, corporate and appellate criminal cases.
He has been a member of the Victorian Bar Council, Criminal Bar Association and the Victorian Bar Ethics Committee.
For the period 1992 to 1996 he was Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and he now practises at the Victorian Bar.
He is a member of the Steering Committee for this Conference.
 

Mr Ernest Schmatt

Judicial Commission of NSW

Ernie Schmatt is a lawyer and became the first Deputy Chief Executive of the Judicial Commission of NSW when the Commission was established in 1987. He has been the Chief Executive of the Commission since 1989.
 

The Hon Paul Seaman QC, Convenor

The Honourable Paul Seaman QC has been actively involved in AIJA affairs for many years and is a member of its governing Council. He was admitted as a solicitor in England in 1954 and as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia in 1965. He joined the Independent Bar there in 1975, took Silk in 1978, became a Master of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1983 and a Judge of that Court in 1988. He retired from the Bench in December 1994 and was a Presidential Member of the Native Title Tribunal (1995-1997).
He has taken a keen interest in information technology as it relates to the work of the courts. He was a member of the AIJA's Project Advisory Committee for the Greenleaf and Mowbray report, on The Use of Information Technology in Complex Trials, and has been a Convenor and member of the Steering Committee for this Conference.
 

Ms Joanne Sherman

Queensland Law Foundation Services

Joanne Sherman has degrees in Law and Computer Science from the University of Queensland and is eligible for admission as a Barrister of the Supreme Court, Queensland. She has worked in the legal technology arena for almost ten years starting out in the Corporate Legal arena with Australian Airlines then progressing to systems analyst roles with firms Minter Ellison (then Morris Fletcher & Cross), and Clayton Utz (then Henderson Trout).
In 1992 she was appointed Registrar for the Court of Appeal, Queensland, where she initiated the automation of registry case management processes and established research databases for the judiciary.
Her role as Queensland Law Society Information Technology Manager from early 1996 involved management of the Society's systems and the provision of independent advice for law firms interested in embracing new technology.
In January 1997 Joanne was appointed as Manager of Queensland Law Foundation Technology Services Pty Ltd (QLFTS), a commercial initiative of the Queensland Law Society. This company is responsible for the management and implementation of a legal intranet throughout the State (THEMIS). QLFTS has also successfully bid for a broad range of technical consultancies in the legal arena, most notably, the Council of Chief Justices Electronic Appeals Project which involves the determination of a technology vision for electronic appeals in the High Court, State Courts of Appeal, Federal and Family Courts of Australia and New Zealand. Over and above these consultancies, Joanne has also worked with a number of private law firms and government agencies in the justice arena to help develop their technology strategies.
 

The Hon Justice Tim Smith

Supreme Court of Victoria
 

Mr Jeffrey Soar

New Zealand Police

Jeffrey Soar is the Director Information & Technology for New Zealand Police. He has over seventeen years experience in the specification, design, development and implementation of management information systems.
He has qualifications in social science research, computing, education and has completed a PhD in business management focusing on IT. He has published more than thirty research and discussion papers and presented at local and international conferences.
 

Mr Warwick Soden, Convenor

Registrar, Federal Court of Australia

Warwick Soden obtained a Bachelor of Legal Studies from Macquarie University, Sydney and was admitted to practice in 1987. He has worked in courts administration since 1971 and from 1988 to 1995 was Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. In March 1995 became Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia.
In both those positions he has been heavily involved in planning for and managing court systems, particularly in relation to case management. He is a member of the Federal Court's Information Technology Committee and Convenor of the Council of Chief Justice's Electronic Appeals Working Party. Recently he has been involved in a project to provide advice to the Palestinian Ministry of Justice concerning judicial and court administration, resulting in a visit to the Palestinian Authority controlled territories during October 1997.
He is a Council member, and a former Board member, of the AIJA and a member of the Steering Committee for this conference.
 

Ms Allison Stanfield, Convenor

Assistant Manager, Queensland Law Foundation Technology Services

Allison Stanfield has been seconded to the Queensland Law Foundation Technology Services Pty Ltd (QLFTS) from the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland, where she is the Senior Deputy Registrar (Appeals). Allison is a qualified solicitor with 7 years' experience in the legal field, which includes having worked in London, with Corrs Chambers Westgarth and within the Court of Appeal. Whilst at the Court of Appeal, Allison was actively involved in the enhancement and further development of the Court's case management system, and in the general management of the Court of Appeal's information technology systems.
She holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Law from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and is currently undertaking a Master of Information Technology which will focus on Courts and Technology and on the Virtual Legal Office. Allison has taught for many years within QUT's law faculty and has published widely in the legal field.
During 1997, Allison co-ordinated an electronic filing initiative between the Court of Appeal and the Legal Aid Office (Qld). She is also a member of an IT sub-committee of a Working Party set up to investigate Electronic Appeal Books on behalf of the Council of Chief Justices (CCJ) and has recently been asked to advise the Australian Law Reform Commission on the use of information technology within courts.
 

Mr Tony Sutherland

ESS Pty Ltd

Tony Sutherland is an independent management and information consultant, specialising in the planning, analysis and deployment of systems for strategic advantage, within organisations of all sizes. Tony graduated with Distinction from the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1981 with a Bachelor of Business (Information Processing). In 1989 he completed a Master of Information Systems degree at Curtin University, graduating with Distinction. He was awarded the R D Galliers Medal for best Master's student. Tony's research concentrated on the planning, management and use of information systems for competitive advantage.
In the more than eighteen years that Tony has been involved with the information industry, he has provided services to a wide range of clients in Australia and overseas, including: Justice and legal related organisations (including the Ministry of Justice, WA Police Service, Royal Commissions, the Australian Securities Commission, the State Law Publisher, the Legal Aid Commission and many law firms).
Tony is a past President and Vice President of the Western Australian Society for Computers and the Law; past Chairman of the Electronics and Information Industry Association of Western Australia; and past Chairman of the Software Industries Association of Western Australia.
 

Mr Shayne Talbot

Supreme Court of Western Australia

Shayne Talbot is an external consultant, contracted to the Ministry of Justice as the Project Leader for the Judicial Support Projects at the Supreme, District, and Magistrates Courts of Western Australia.  He has worked in the information technology industry for the past 13 years and has spent the last 3 ½ years in his current role in the Courts.  Prior to this, Shayne had been contracted to the Ministry of Justice and was involved in the design and implementation of the Civil Case Management and Civil Listing Systems for the Supreme and District Courts.
 
The Hon Justice Bernard Teague, Convenor

Supreme Court of Victoria

Mr Justice Teague was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1987.  After admission in 1962, he practised from 1963 as a member of the law firm Corr & Corr and Corrs Pavey Whiting & Byrne until appointed to the bench.  He was President of the Law Institute of Victoria in 1978-79 and 1986-87, Chairman of the 1987 Australian Legal Convention Planning Committee and served for a time on the Executive of the Law Council of Australia. He is a Board and Council Member of the AIJA and is currently the Convenor of the Steering Committee for this Conference.
 

Mr Martin Telfer

Mallesons Stephen Jaques Solicitors

Martin has over 20 years' experience in IT, with the last 12 in professional services. He recently joined Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Sydney) from Masons, a top 20 London firm specialising in Construction and IT, as Executive Director (Technology & Information).
As well as IT Director at Masons, Martin ran a small consulting practice which worked with Law firms, in-house counsel and government departments in multiple jurisdictions. He was a former Vice Chairman of the Society for Computers & Law (UK), and is an Honorary Technical Fellow of the University of Strathclyde's Centre for Law, Computers & Technology.
 

Mr Peter Tierney

Manager Information Technology Branch, Compensation Court of New South Wales

Mr Peter Tierney was appointed to the position of Manager, Information Technology Branch, Compensation Court of New South Wales in January 1998.
He has more than 25 years experience in the IT industry, with the previous nine years as Information Services Manager at Tourism New South Wales. At Tourism New South Wales, Peter was responsible for the establishment of Local and Wide Area Networks linking sites around Australia to a tourist information database. Over the last two years, Peter was responsible for implementing a new database application as an Internet/Intranet application providing access to information for internal users, internet users worldwide and users of public-access kiosks.
 

Ms Stela Walker, Convenor

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Stela Walker works for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and is located in Canberra. She is the Deputy Director , Corporate Management and is responsible for the provision of the full range of corporate support to the Office including Information Technology.
Stela has worked in this field for approximately 13 years and during this time spent 4 years is Sydney as the Executive Director of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
 

The Hon Daryl Williams AM QC MP

Commonwealth Attorney-General

Daryl Williams AM QC holds a law degree from the University of Western Australia and was selected as WA Rhodes Scholar in 1965. He subsequently obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law degree at Oxford University in 1967. Mr Williams is admitted to practice as a barrister in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and England and Wales.
From 1971 to 1975, he worked in Manila for the Asian Development Bank. Upon his return to Perth, he joined the Western Australian Independent Bar and resumed practice until his election to the House of Representatives in 1993. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1982.
Mr Williams was a commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia from 1982-1986 and chaired the Commission for a year. He was also President of the Law Society of Western Australia in 1984, and President of the Law Council of Australia in 1986-1987.
During 1993-1994, he was Shadow Attorney-General, and Shadow Minister assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Constitutional Reform.  He has been a member of the Joint Select Committee on Certain Family Law Issues and a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1993 to 1996.
His appointment as Commonwealth Attorney-General and Minister for Justice was announced by the Prime Minister, John Howard, on 8 March 1996.

Mr John Witham, Convenor

State Courts Administrator, South Australia

John Witham, became South Australia's first State Courts Administrator on 1 July 1993. Prior to that appointment he was the Chief Executive Officer of the former Court Services Department.
He joined the former Law Department which previously had responsibility for courts administration in South Australia in 1978 and was initially employed with the brief to improve efficiency in the administration of the courts.
He occupied a number of senior positions with Corporate Services functions before becoming the Deputy CEO in 1986. John was appointed CEO of the former Court Services Department in 1991.
John was one of the principal architects of the Court Services Department which was created in 1981 and was the first organisation of its kind in Australia. He also was heavily involved in the development and implementation of the new Courts Administration Authority of which he became the administrative head.
He is a council member of the AIJA and a member of the Steering Committee for this conference.
 

The Hon Justice James Wood, Convenor

Supreme Court of New South Wales

Mr Justice Wood was appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1984. He was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1964, went to the Bar in 1970 and took silk in 1980. During the 1980's he was a member of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission and later a part-time Commissioner. He was a consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission and was active on sub-committees of the Law Council. His Honour was the first Chairman of the New South Wales Supreme Court's Common Law Delay Reduction Committee and played a major role in the conduct of this very large project.
He was appointed Royal Commissioner into the New South Wales Police Service, 1994-1997. He is a member of the Council of the AIJA, and a member of the Steering Committee for this conference.
 

This concludes the list of biographical information.


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