Judicial Life/
Balancing the demands of judicial life.

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Friday 16th June 2023

Full Day EVENT | 9:30 AM-4:30 PM


Judicial work is meaningful and rewarding. It can also be complex, demanding and emotionally draining.

In this full-day event for recent appointees, you will explore the human dimension of judging – and how to take up the judicial role with optimism and confidence.   

This is a cross-jurisdictional and collaborative event. You will participate in facilitated conversations with your judicial colleagues to:  

  • learn about the known pressure points in judicial work  
  • explore opportunities for growth and fulfilment 
  • walk away with a personal wellbeing plan to support you in your judicial career. 
Twilight discussions 

The full-day event is supported by optional facilitated discussions later in the year. 

These twilight sessions follow an open and informal structure so you can raise topics of interest and share experiences on the human dimension of judging.  

Your facilitators will support you with relevant theories from psychology.  

This session is repeated on 27 October. To register for the October session please click here.



Human Ethos
Carly Schrever, BSci/LLB; MPsych (Clinical); PhD Candidate (Melb)
Carly Schrever is a lawyer, psychologist, researcher, and a Director of Human Ethos – a psychological consultancy directed to the wellbeing of judges and lawyers. Carly undertook Australia’s first empirical research into the sources and nature of work-related stress among the Australian judiciary which has been published broadly. She is a regular presenter at judicial conferences on the topic of judicial stress and wellbeing, and has been engaged by several jurisdictions around the globe to develop tailored judicial wellness programs. Through her consultancy, Human Ethos, she also works with law firms and legal professional bodies to deliver training on lawyer wellbeing.
Human Ethos
Sally Ryan, B.A., Grad.Dip.Ed. Psych., MClFT
Sally Ryan is a psychologist, family therapist and Director of Human Ethos – a psychological consultancy directed to the wellbeing of judges and lawyers. Sally has been a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) since 2000 and has worked as a clinician/therapist, manager, and trainer in community health, education and with the Victorian judiciary and the legal profession. Sally specialises in building the capacity of people and organisations who work in trauma exposed environments and has a particular focus on working with leaders to reduce the risks of vicarious and cumulative trauma in teams. She has delivered interactive presentations nationally and internationally on topics such as vicarious trauma, judicial stress and systemic wellbeing responses.