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Publication date: Friday, 26 January 2018
Attorney General Mark Speakman today congratulated members of the NSW justice and legal community whose work is recognised in today’s Australia Day honours list.
Mr Speakman said the Public Service Medal awarded to NSW Sheriff Tracey Hall for outstanding service to justice is richly deserved.
“Ms Hall has shown an unwavering commitment to protecting the community and keeping NSW courts safe since her appointment as the state’s first female Sheriff in 2013,” Mr Speakman said.
“Ms Hall took on the role at a time when the nation’s security landscape was changing and has established an Operational Training Unit to improve her team’s capacity to manage volatile situations and this year will provide ballistic vests to all of her officers.
“On the night of the Lindt Café siege, Ms Hall deployed Sheriff’s Officers to support survivors and families of the hostages. She also ensured the siege inquest was held in a comfortable and secure environment and the work of her Sheriff’s Officers was acknowledged by former State Coroner Michael Barnes at a ceremony last year,” Mr Speakman said.
Mr Speakman also congratulated Ernest Schmatt, Chief Executive of the Judicial Commission, and Mary Jerram, former NSW State Coroner, both of whom have been admitted as Members of the Order of Australia (AM).
“Mr Schmatt has played a key role as the head of the Judicial Commission since 1989 and has afforded great service to the law in the fields of legal education and review, most notably in his promotion of the use of technology to assist the judiciary, and today he is being honoured for that service,” Mr Speakman said.
“Ms Jerram has been awarded for her significant service to the law as State Coroner from 2007 to 2013, as well as being a role model for women in the legal profession as the first female to hold this important position in NSW.”
Mr Speakman acknowledged all NSW recipients of Australia Day Awards from the justice sector and legal communities.