Hon Justice Judy Hughes

Hon Justice Judy Hughes

President, South Australian Civil & Administrative Tribunal

Justice Hughes was born and raised in Adelaide and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1991 with an Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts specialising in philosophy and politics.  Her early career was spent working in private legal practice and for Government at the Crown Solicitor’s Office.  She has also undertaken policy development roles within Government, worked in the Attorney-General’s Office.  Between 2000 and 2006, she was Deputy Commissioner for Consumer and Business Affairs and in that role was closely involved in real estate reforms, industry regulation, incorporated associations and consumer law.

Justice Hughes returned to work with the Crown Solicitor’s Office in 2006 as an Executive Solicitor, managing a team of lawyers in the areas of State taxes, freedom of information, and judicial review of administrative decisions.  She was appointed Crown Solicitor in April 2017, overseeing an office of 280 staff, before being appointed to the Supreme Court and as President of SACAT.

Justice Hughes is the second President of SACAT with Justice Greg Parker having served as the inaugural President from his appointment in November 2013 until his return full time to the Supreme Court in July 2017.