Mr Ernie Schmatt

Ernest Schmatt has been the Chief Executive of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales since 1989. As Chief Executive he is responsible for its operations, which are designed to foster public confidence in the judicial system in New South Wales by providing a program of continuing judicial education, promoting consistency in sentencing and investigating complaints made against judicial officers. Mr Schmatt is also a member of the International Organisation for Judicial Training Executive Committee and its Board of Governors, the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and the Asia Pacific Judicial Reform Forum Secretariat. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 1997 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to public sector management and reform, public sector industrial relations and judicial education in New South Wales.



Chief Judge Kevin Sleight

Chief Judge Kevin Sleight graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia in 1973. In 1975, he was admitted as a legal practitioner. His Honour was a partner in the firm of Mayberry Hammond & Co in Northam from 1980. His Honour was appointed as a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia in January 2005. Between 2011 and 2014 his Honour served as an acting Supreme Court Judge (a Commissioner) for a total of 22 months. On 20 April 2015, his Honour was appointed the Chief Judge of the District Court of Western Australia.



Judge Rauf Soulio

Judge Soulio was appointed to the District Court of South Australia in 2006. His Honour has been the Chair of the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia since 2003. He was Chair of the Australian Multicultural Council between 2011 and 2014 and in that capacity was a member of the national Access and Equity Inquiry Panel which conducted an inquiry into the availability and accessibility of government services to people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Between 2011 and 2014 he also served as a member of the National Anti-Racism Partnership Strategy. Judge Soulio was previously Deputy Chair of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council, which provided advice to government on multicultural policy, until the completion of the Advisory Council’s term in 2011.