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Sally Brown interviewed by Ruth Campbell in the Law in Australian society oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2338376
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Brown, Sally E., 1950-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1995 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 163 min.) ; 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 in. 
Series

Law in Australian society oral history project.

Summary

Hon Justice Sally Brown, Justice of the Family Court of Australia speaks of her family background and childhood, her interest in reading and music, church involvement, choice of career and time at University, part-time jobs, Rob Hamilton, her marriage, early career, Pat Kennedy, the value of knowing the system in which you work, lecturing in law at Footscray Institute of Technology and RMIT, period as a barrister, support (or lack of it) given to women lawyers, Tramways Board, being a criminal lawyer, Magistrates Court 1978-85, appointed as the first female judge at the Victorian Magistrates Court (along with Margaret Rizkalla), the value of women in the magistracy, ethics of maintaining your distance, Chief Magistracy of Victoria, computerisation of the Courts, experiment of the Night Court, important qualities for a magistrate and Chief Magistrate, Chair of the Institute of Criminology, Family Court, issue of gender bias, continuing education of judges (esp. in social issues) workings of the court, areas of relaxation (travel, spending time with her parents, cooking, music, reading).

Biography/History

Brown has been in the forefront of women advancing in the judiciary, was one of the first female magistrates in Victoria and Chief Magistrate 1990-1993. She is now a Justice of the Family Court of Australia and is also a member of a number of Boards, incl. Chair of the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Notes

Recorded on Dec. 13th & 18th, 1995 at the Family Court in Melbourne, Vic.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 103 leaves) 
Subjects Brown, Sally E., 1950- -- Interviews.  |  Lawyers -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Lawyers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Women judges -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Sociological jurisprudence.
Other authors/contributors Campbell, Ruth, 1928-, Interviewer

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