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Court Administrators and the Judiciary — Partners in the Delivery of Justice


Wayne Stewart Martin

Chief Justice of Western Australia, AU
About Wayne

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC was appointed as Western Australia’s 13th Chief Justice on 1 May 2006.

He joined the Independent Bar in 1988 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1993.  From 2001–2003, he took on the role of counsel assisting the HIH Royal Commission in Sydney.  The Chief Justice was President of the WA Bar Association between 1996 and 1999, and Chairman of the Western Australian Law Reform Commission from 1996 to 2001, when the commission completed the Review of the Criminal and Civil Justice System in Western Australia.  The Chief Justice was also a member of the Council of the Law Society of Western Australia, and was President of the Society when appointed to his current office.  In 2007, the Chief Justice was awarded WA Citizen of the Year for the Professions. In 2012, the Chief Justice was awarded a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the judiciary and to the law, particularly as Chief Justice of Western Australia, to legal reform and education, and to the community.  Amongst other positons and appointments His Honour is also Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia and Convenor, Asia Pacific Region, for International Organisation for Judicial Training.

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This article examines several topics relating to the administration and governance of courts in democratic societies.  It includes a summary of the development of court administration as a profession, highlighting Australia and the United States.  The summary includes a discussion of how judges and court administrators must work together and coordinate their efforts in key areas of court administration and management.  The article also reviews separation of powers issues, highlighting the problems that emerge in systems in which oversight and administration of the courts is vested in the executive branch or power of government, most commonly in a justice ministry.  It reviews the practical advantages of having courts governed and managed through institutional mechanisms within the judicial power rather than the executive power.
How to Cite: Martin, W.S., 2014. Court Administrators and the Judiciary — Partners in the Delivery of Justice. International Journal for Court Administration, 6(2), pp.3–18. DOI:
Published on 18 Dec 2014.


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