New President of the NSW Children’s Court

Attorney General Greg Smith SC has announced the appointment of District Court Judge Peter Johnstone as president of the Children’s Court of NSW.  Judge Johnstone has served on the bench of the District Court since 2006. He has also served as a Deputy Chair of the Medical Tribunal since 2008 and as a part-time Commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission since 2010. Prior to taking public office, Judge Johnstone worked as a solicitor for 33 years. He held a number of senior positions at Blake Dawson Waldron including National Chief Operating Partner and Managing Partner of the law firm’s Sydney and Melbourne offices.


Judge Johnstone will begin a five year appointment as President of the Children’s Court on 1 June 2012. He replaces Judge Mark Marien, who will return to the District Court.

Further information here.