The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court (the Courts) today announce the appointment of three Senior Registrars as part of an ongoing and extensive recruitment process.

Mr Rohan Hoult has been appointed as a Senior Registrar, based in the Melbourne registry.

Mr Colin Campbell has been appointed as Senior Registrar, based in the Sydney registry.

All appointments are effective from 13 July 2020.

The Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Hon Will Alstergren, said the appointments come at a significant time for the Courts as they continue to implement a range of reforms that aim to provide additional support to judges, enhance alternative dispute resolution within the Courts, and importantly, reduce delays.

“I sincerely welcome the appointment of such highly skilled and well-regarded practitioners to the Courts and I am confident that their enormous wealth of experience will be extremely beneficial to the judiciary and to the litigants who come before the Courts.”

The Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the Courts, Mr David Pringle said, “These initial appointments form part of a broader and ongoing recruitment process nationally to fill the roles of Senior Registrars and Registrars in both Courts for funded projects and vacant positions.  The registrar recruitment will be critical in assisting to support the work of judges and in providing enhanced case management practices across both Courts.”

As part of her role, Ms Rice will lead at an executive level nationally in dispute resolution within the Courts.  In response to the announcement of her appointment, Ms Rice said, “The Courts have long espoused the view that a trial is a place of last resort for separated families and this role presents an important opportunity to actively assist those families who are able to reach agreement without the need for a trial but to also enable those who do require judicial determination to access those resources.  I am delighted to join the Courts and look forward to drawing on my technical family law expertise and dispute resolution skills in this unique forum.”

Mr Hoult said, “I am delighted to be appointed as Senior Registrar. As counsel who has appeared in the Courts over the last 30 years I am looking forward to contributing to the vibrancy of the Courts and their role in assisting Australian families throughout changing and challenging times.”

Mr Campbell added, “I feel honoured to be selected for the role of Senior Registrar and I am ready for the challenges that lie ahead. But above all, I’m grateful to continue to be part of the cohort of Registrars of the family law courts – a group of exceptional lawyers who are leaders in the fields of family law and dispute resolution.”

Biographical information:

Rohan Hoult

Mr Hoult has been appointed as a Senior Registrar, based in the Melbourne registry. Mr Hoult is a highly regarded barrister with 32 years’ experience practising exclusively in family law. He has extensive experience in complex child and property matters as well as highly developed mediation and ADR skills.

With his clear and analytical thinking Mr Hoult is able to understand the essence of the dispute, both from the perspective of the Courts and also from the perspective of the parties. Mr Hoult is highly regarded by his peers within the family law profession and the judiciary. He will bring to the Courts a strong work ethic, excellent communication skills and a determination to assist the family law courts to achieve efficiency in clearing and resolving the large number of family law matters filed with the Courts each year.

Colin Campbell

Photo of newly appointed Senior Registrar in Sydney, Colin Campbell

Mr Campbell has been acting in the role of Senior Registrar in the Sydney registry for the past 7 years. Mr Campbell has been a Registrar with the family law courts for 14 years, and has had an extensive legal career prior to this role as a mediator and in private practice. Mr Campbell has over 30 years’ professional experience during which he has earned the reputation within the Courts and among the legal profession as a highly respected decision-maker and mediator.

Mr Campbell has demonstrated his capacity to achieve great results through the success of his strategic and skilled approach to mediation and case management in the family law courts. Mr Campbell has resolved a large volume of disputes and exhibits great integrity and dedication to his work and to achieving effective outcomes for families in dispute.

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