Justice Pamela Tate

Justice Pamela Tate was appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2010. She is a Fellow of Monash University and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. She is the Patron of the Australasian Association of Philosophy and the Patron of the Women Barristers’ Association, Victorian Bar.

Justice Tate was the Solicitor-General for Victoria from 2003 to 2010, representing the State in Constitutional challenges in the High Court of Australia. While Solicitor-General, Justice Tate was appointed Special Counsel to the Human Rights Consultation Committee that recommended the enactment of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. The Charter was enacted in 2006 and she appeared in many of the early Charter cases.

She received the Women Lawyers Achievement Award (Victoria) in 2010. In June 2007 she was a Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, at the London School of Economics.

She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2002. She joined the Victorian Bar in 1991, having served as an associate to Sir Daryl Dawson of the High Court for two years. At the private Bar she specialized in Constitutional law, Administrative law, and the law of trade practices. She appeared regularly in Constitutional law cases before the High Court and in Constitutional and public law cases before the Supreme Court. In 1999-2000 she was Convenor of the Women Barristers’ Association.

Justice Tate graduated from Monash in 1988 with a first class Honours degree in Law. Her Honours thesis was in Administrative law and was supervised by Professor Enid Campbell on the topic of legitimate expectations and natural justice.

Before studying law, Justice Tate undertook three years of postgraduate study in Philosophy at the University of Oxford on a Commonwealth scholarship.

She is a member of the Judicial Conference of Australia; the Australian Association of Constitutional Law; the Australian Institute of Administrative Law; the Australian Association of Women Judges; the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration; and the International Commission of Jurists.

In 2019, Justice Tate will take sabbatical leave to be a Research Visitor at the Bonavera Institute of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.