Judicial Life/
The privilege and pressure of judicial work.

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Wednesday 31st July 2024

Seminar | 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM


Judges and magistrates experience both high satisfaction and high stress in their work. This event showcases recently published Australian research from interviews with judicial officers about the experience of stress and satisfaction in their work. It will explore how they can be further supported to thrive in their judicial role.

Join Dr Carly Schrever as she discusses the latest findings from her groundbreaking interview research about the psychological experience of judicial work.  

You will hear about: 

  • Judicial officers’ lived experiences of stress and satisfaction 
  • The factors that both exacerbate and ameliorate judicial stress   
  • The supports that judicial officers identify to reduce stress  
  • Evidence-informed strategies for judicial officers to maximise enjoyment and satisfaction in the role.  

With opening comments from Chief Justice Anne Ferguson and reflections from Chief Judge Peter Kidd about the significance and implications of Dr Schrever’s research about judicial wellbeing, this event is not to be missed. 

Note: This program is open to judicial officers only.


Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria
The Honourable Justice Anne Ferguson
Chief Justice Ferguson was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2010 and to the Court of Appeal in 2014. In 2017 she was appointed as the twelfth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Prior to her appointment, Her Honour was a partner at law firm Allens Arthur Robinson, working in insolvency and commercial litigation. Chief Justice Ferguson was admitted to legal practice in 1984. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University, where she won the Supreme Court Prize for the top law student as well as the Floss Greig Memorial Prize. Her Honour also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from the University of Southampton, where she specialised in unfair contracts.
Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria
The Honourable Justice Peter Kidd
Justice Peter Kidd was appointed as Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria on 28 September 2015. Before becoming Chief Judge, his Honour worked for more than 20 years as a criminal lawyer in Australia and overseas, mostly as a barrister and Senior Crown Prosecutor in Melbourne. Chief Judge Kidd is also a justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and sits on the Court of Appeal from time to time.
Director, Human Ethos; Associate Professor, Law School, University of Western Australia 
Dr Carly Schrever
Dr Carly Schrever is a lawyer, psychologist, empirical researcher, and Director of Human Ethos. She has worked in and around the legal profession and the courts for 20 years, focusing specifically on judicial and lawyer wellbeing since 2015. She completed her Articles of Clerkship at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens) in 2004, and was admitted to the legal profession in 2005. Early in her career, she served two years as a Judge’s Associate in the Supreme Court of Victoria. As part of her combined Master of Psychology (Clinical) / PhD at the University of Melbourne, Carly conducted Australia’s first empirical and psychologically grounded research into the sources and nature of work-related stress among the Australian judiciary. This research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, and the findings presented to judicial audiences around the globe. From 2014-2022, Carly was the inaugural Judicial Wellbeing Advisor to the Judicial College of Victoria, leading a program of judicial wellbeing education and reform within the Victorian court system. She is a regular presenter at national and international judicial conferences on the topic of judicial stress and wellbeing, and has been engaged by jurisdictions in Australian, Asia, Africa, North America, the UK and the Pacific to design and deliver tailored wellbeing programs for the local judiciary. Carly also works with legal professionals in Australia and overseas to provide wellbeing and stress management training. Since 2022, Carly has been a Principal Investigator on an Australia Research Council-funded national research project on judicial wellbeing across Australia, with findings expected to be published in 2026. She is also an Associate Professor (Principal Research Fellow) in Law at the University of Western Australia.