- Guest Judge -
Federal Court of Australia

G'day guys,

Today it is my pleasure to present a man of distinction within the Australian legal system - The Honourable Justice Shane Marshall. Who is he? What does he do? 

Shane Raymond Marshall was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia and the Industrial Relations Court of Australia in July 1995. He became an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory in January 2004.

Justice Marshall graduated from Monash University as a Bachelor of Economics and Law (Honours). After a short time in practice as a solicitor, he was called to the Victorian Bar in 1981. He was employed as a tutor in industrial and administrative law at Monash University in his early years at the bar. In 2003 he received a Centenary Medal for services to industrial relations. Also in 2003, he was appointed as a trustee of the Caulfield Racecourse reserve.

In 2005 he became an Associate Member of the Judicial System Monitoring Program of East Timor and in 2006 he became an Associate Member of the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria. On 2 April 2008, Justice Marshall was appointed to the Board of the Law Faculty, Monash University. 

Morning, your Honour. Tell us more ...

 What is you current job? 

 Federal Court Judge.

Why did you choose law? Any regrets? 

I considered it an instrument for social change. No.

What would be your second choice for a career? Why

Social worker assisting disadvantaged members of our community. Would be a worthwhile pursuit. 

What organisations have you worked for? 

Maurice Blackburn and Co and Federal Court of Australia.

What is your definition of human rights

The right of all people to live in peace and be accorded respect and dignity free from persecution, harassment and disadvantage.

Who do you admire most in the legal profession

Pro bono lawyers.

What are the biggest human rights issues in the world as you see them? 

Racism, religious persecution and suppression of worker’s rights. 

How can ordinary people help or become involved in those issues

Stand up to offenders.

How can writers and authors help

By publicising human rights violations.

Do you think much about world poverty, refugees, asylum seekers and homeless people? 


Do you become frustrated by the lack of political will regarding social justice issues? 


What has been your greatest victory

Overcoming depression.

What has been the saddest moment in your work

The untimely death of a colleague. 

What are your biggest frustrations? 

 Insufficient colleagues to perform the work of the court in a timely fashion.

What are your greatest assets? 

My staff, family and friends.

Would you like to see more women involved in the law?  

Yes, because they are better at it then men.

Generally, are politicians doing what we elect them and pay them to do


Is the world lacking people of great vision? 


Do you believe that some good things are being achieved in human rights? 


Any advice for a young person considering law? 

Be yourself and stand up to bullies.

If you had an opportunity to address all world leaders what would you say? 

Give peace a chance.

If you had the chance to be whatever you wanted, what would you be

Secretary-General of the United Nations or Collingwood Football Club Captain.

Are you concerned about the environment? 


What worries you most? 

That most people seem concerned only about things that immediately and directly affect them and their bank balances.

Speeches by Justice Marshall:

Clancy's comment: I have read several speeches made by Justice Marshall and have been impressed by his passion and dedication to justice. 

Thank you, your Honour, for taking the time to be interviewed. Love ya work! However, I must say it did take some courage for me to include the logo of your football club. 

I'm ...

Anzac Day, Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Go Bombers!

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