Elizabeth Andreas Evatt

Elizabeth Andreas Evatt (b.1933) is an eminent jurist who has sat on numerous national and international tribunals and commissions. In 1976-88 she was the first Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. She was also the first woman to preside in an Australian Federal Court. She believes that governments, in their domestic policies and international relations, have a fundamental duty to uphold human rights and the rule of law.

Events

6 February 1976

Female firsts in the judiciary

Pat O’Shane is admitted to the Bar, becoming Australia’s first female Aboriginal barrister. Later that year, Justice Elizabeth Evatt is the first woman to be appointed as Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia.

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Portrait of Ms Pat O’Shane.