Her Honour Judge Kate Traill joins as Panelist for the Lipstick Luncheon

April 30, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Her Honour Judge Kate Traill will be a panel member at the 2019 Lipstick Luncheon!

Her Honour Judge Kate Traill

District Court of New South Wales

Her Honour Judge Kate Traill was appointed a Specialist Child Sexual Assault Judge of the District Court of New South Wales in 2015. She was appointed to oversee the Child Sexual Assault Pilot, which operates in the Sydney Downing Centre and Newcastle District Court in New South Wales. The Pilot commenced in March 2016 and has been extended until 30 June 2022 and made a program. The Program is designed to change the way children give evidence in court in prescribed sexual assault matters. The program uses Witness Intermediaries, who are psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, teachers or occupational therapists, to assist children in giving evidence. The child’s evidence is pre-recorded prior to the trial before a jury. The Pilot has been highly successful and other States have adopted the use of Witness Intermediaries to assist children giving evidence.

Prior to Judge Traill’s Judicial appointment, she was at the private Bar practicing primarily in criminal law, defamation and military law and worked on many high profile murder cases. She was privately briefed on a regular basis by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and was a Crown Prosecutor from 2009 – 2010. Judge Traill was called to the Bar at the age of 24, at the time she was the youngest female barrister in New South Wales. She has taught advocacy to barristers in Australia and Bangladesh. Judge Traill was elected a member of the NSW Bar Council from 1989 – 2015 and was elected on the Executive in 2014.

Her Honour holds the rank of LCDR in the Royal Australian Navy and has been appointed an Australian Defence Force Judicial Reviewing Officer. Judge Traill was the Aide de Camp to Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir and His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales recently appointed Governor General from 2010 – 2015. Her Honour was elected to Mosman Council from 2004 – 2008. She is also a Dame of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Her Honour is married with two children, Jack aged 20 and Cate aged 16 years.

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