7 May 2024

Sydney barrister appointed presidential member of ACAT

| Ian Bushnell
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New presidential member of ACAT Dr Juliet Lucy. Photo: ACT Government.

Sydney barrister Dr Juliet Lucy has been appointed as a presidential member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury said Dr Lucy would commence her seven-year appointment on 21 May.

Mr Rattenbury said Dr Lucy brought a wealth of expertise in public law, discrimination and human rights, commercial law, common law and professional discipline to the Tribunal, as well as practising as a barrister in Sydney since 2012.

Earlier this year, she served as a review panel member for a task force on the ACT Chief Psychiatrist’s review into complex mental health care.

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Dr Lucy was also a part-time senior member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and chairperson of Medicare Participation Review Committees.

In addition to her legal work, Dr Lucy holds a PhD in English Literature.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr Juliet Lucy to the ACAT,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Her formidable legal acumen, diverse experience and dedication to issues of equity make her an exceptional addition to the Tribunal. Dr Lucy’s skills and personal attributes position her to be an effective leader with a strong community focus as a member of the Tribunal’s executive leadership team.”

Dr Lucy described her appointment as a “great privilege”, adding that she looks forward to serving the ACT community as a presidential member of the Tribunal.

“The Tribunal provides a very important service in delivering justice to members of the community in an informal, inexpensive and accessible way,” she said.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Tribunal and I look forward to assisting the president to achieve those objectives.”

Her appointment follows that of former presidential member Mary-Therese Daniel as ACAT president in September last year.

She was appointed to ACAT in 2012 as its first full-time non-presidential member and promoted in 2015 to presidential member. Ms Daniel also served as temporary president for an extended period in 2021.

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An Australian National University graduate who has lived in Canberra during her working life, Ms Daniel joined ACAT with more than 15 years of diverse legal experience in government and private practice.

This included roles with the Family Court of Australia, national firm MinterEllison, Legal Aid ACT, the ACT Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the ACT Government Solicitor, where she finished as a Principal Solicitor.

Ms Daniel’s seven-year appointment began on 18 September 2023.

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