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Justice Betty King: A Study of Feminist Judging in Action


Rosemary Hunter and Danielle Tyson

Justice Betty King sat on the Supreme Court of Victoria for 10 years from 2005–15. Prior to that she was a judge of the Victorian County Court from 2000–05 after a career at the Victorian Bar from 1975–2000. During her career she was a pioneer for women in many respects, being only the 24th woman called to the Victorian Bar, the first woman prosecutor in Victoria, the first woman Commonwealth prosecutor, and one of the first Victorian women appointed a QC.[1]

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(2017) 40(2) UNSWLJ 778:

  1. Liz Porter, ‘King of Her Court’, The Age (online), 18 November 2007 <>; Stefanie Garber, ‘High-Profile Judge Betty King Retires’, Lawyers Weekly (online), 17 August 2015 <>.