The Law Society of Western Australia commends the Hon Justice Jeremy Curthoys, following today’s announcement by the Hon Chief Justice Peter Quinlan that Justice Curthoys will sit full time in the Supreme Court of Western Australia from 1 November 2018. Justice Curthoys leaves his role as President of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), which His Honour has held since February 2014.
In addition to responsibilities across the Supreme Court’s General Division, Justice Curthoys will be responsible for the judicial case management of contested probate matters and matters arising under the Family Provision Act 1972.
Law Society President Hayley Cormann said, “On behalf of the legal profession of Western Australia I take the opportunity to thank Justice Curthoys for his diligent service to the community of Western Australia as President of the SAT. I have no doubt His Honour will continue to make an outstanding contribution to our justice system in sitting full time in the Supreme Court and in particular having oversight of contested probate matters and those under the Family Provision Act 1972. The Law Society wishes His Honour well in this new role.”
During Justice Curthoys’ term as President, the SAT has made significant reductions in the time taken to finalise the matters that come before it. According to the SAT’s 2016-17 Annual Report, the median time taken to finalise matters before the SAT was 12 weeks, reduced from 16 weeks in 2015/16.
As President, Justice Curthoys has overseen the implementation of new automated systems for the SAT, including email distribution of orders, notices and correspondence, which resulted in a 35% reduction in items being sent by postal service. Parties can now receive Tribunal documents more quickly and at less cost to the Tribunal.
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