Attorney General for Australia, The Hon Nicola Roxon MP

9 February 2012

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon extends her best wishes to the newly appointed Federal Magistrate Ronald Curtain, who will be welcomed to the Federal Magistrates Court today in a special sitting of the court.

"I congratulate Mr Curtain on his appointment and wish him well as he embarks on his new role of administering justice according to the law," Ms Roxon said.

"I understand the announcement of his appointment was warmly welcomed by family law practitioners in Melbourne."

The Government announced Mr Curtain's appointment in December last year, which commenced on 23 January 2012.

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Ronald Curtain biography

Mr Ronald Curtain holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Jurisprudence from Monash University and was first admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in 1977.

In 1976, Mr Curtain undertook articles of clerkship and later worked as a solicitor with Cornwall, Stodart and Co. From 1978 to 1980 he was a legal officer at the Geelong office and later senior legal officer at the Melbourne headquarters of the Australian Legal Aid Office.

During this time, he also acted as duty solicitor at the Geelong Magistrates Court. He established and solely operated the office of Duty Solicitor at the Melbourne Registry of the Family Court of Australia in 1980 and continued in this role until 1984 when he was admitted to the Victorian Bar. Mr Curtain's practice at the Bar extended over 27 years; 20 of these years he specialised in Family Law.

Mr Curtain has held memberships with the Law Council of Australia, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Family Law Bar Association of Victoria for which he was its representative on the Legal Professional Committee of the Dandenong Registry of the Family Court from 1995 to 1999. He regularly undertook circuit work and appeared each year since 1998 in the Ballarat circuit of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Magistrates Court. He was a volunteer at Springvale Legal Services in its Domestic Violence Project, and has volunteered at Fitzroy Legal Service since 2001. Mr Curtain will be based at the Melbourne registry.