Policy Statement - Principles Underpinning a Federal Judicial Commission
5 December 2020
It is essential to the promotion of the rule of law and the Australian constitutional system that there be a strong, independent, and transparent judiciary. Consistent with this aspiration, a means of fairly and punctually addressing complaints directed to the judiciary in an independent, structured manner is essential.
A Federal Judicial Commission would assist to provide a clear and structured framework for responding to such complaints, and if established appropriately, will serve to promote public trust and integrity in the complaint-handling process. It will be essential for the commission to be underpinned by four key features, namely independence, coherence, accessibility and transparency.