The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC

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The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC

Former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia

The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC is a former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. She has practiced in family law since 1977 and retired as Chief Justice on 12 October 2017 reaching the constitutional retirement age of 70. Since, she has continued her deep interest in family law, particularly regarding matters affecting children and families.

In May 2000 she was appointed the inaugural Chief Federal Magistrate of Australia, the head of the Federal Magistrates’ Court. Prior to her appointment, Chief Justice Bryant practiced at the Victorian Bar where she specialised in family law and de facto property disputes, particularly at the appellate level. She was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1997, Melbourne. Ms Bryant started her career as a solicitor, briefly practicing in Melbourne and London before moving to Perth in 1976. She was a Partner at Phillips Fox from 1977 to 1990, where she practiced as a solicitor and counsel specialising in family law.

Ms Bryant received a Centenary Medal in 2001 and was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to the judiciary and to the advancement of women in the law and was Patron of Australian Women Lawyers until her retirement as Chief justice.

Since her retirement she has been Judge in Residence at Melbourne law School in 2018 and 2019. She has been chairing  an international Working Group at the Hague Conference on Private International Law developing a Guide to Good Practice on the ‘grave risk of harm’ exception to the Child Abduction Convention and  is Chair of the National Centre Against Bullying as well as the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s rights.