Congratulations to a Killester College alumni member, Anne Ferguson, who graduated with the class of 1977.
“Matilda Boseley” – The Age.
When Anne Ferguson began practicing law, not one woman was serving on the bench of the Supreme Court.
Now, the former commercial solicitor and Appeal Court Justice will be the state’s next chief justice.
Appeals Court judge Anne Ferguson will be Victoria’s next Supreme Court chief justice.
Victoria made history when it became the first state to appoint a female chief justice, Marilyn Warren, in 2003.
It is leading the way again with the announcement that Justice Ferguson will be the second.
Chief Justice Warren announced earlier this year that she would step down in September.
When Justice Ferguson began practicing law in 1984, the appointment of the first female Supreme Court justice was still 12 years away.
As a solicitor, Justice Ferguson worked on many high-profile cases and was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2010, making her the first female solicitor to be appointed directly as a Supreme Court judge.
Since 2014 she has sat on the bench of the Court of Appeal.
Justice Ferguson will be Victoria’s 12th chief justice and the first solicitor to hold the position.
She will start work in early October.
“Justice Ferguson is widely respected in the Victorian legal profession and by her judicial colleagues for her intellect, leadership and extensive knowledge of the law,” Attorney-General Martin Pakula said.
“[She] has a legal career spanning more than three decades and has a wealth of experience working as a judge of the Court of Appeal and as a leading solicitor. I congratulate her on this appointment.”