The Hon Steven David RARES
Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 2.2.2006
Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory – Additional Judge
Supreme Court of Norfolk Island - Judge
Steven Rares was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 2006. He is also an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a judge of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island.
He graduated in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and, after two years working in a solicitors’ firm, he was called to the New South Wales Bar in 1980. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1993. In 2004 and 2005, he was a member of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales.
Justice Rares is currently a National co-convening judge and the New South Wales registry convening judge for the Admiralty and Maritime National Practice Area and a member of the Comité Maritime International’s International Working Group on Offshore Activities. Between October 2014 and October 2016, he was President of the Judicial Conference of Australia. He became President of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration in October 2019. He was also the Chairman of the Consultative Council of Australian Law Reporting from 2012 to 2019.
Justice Rares’ chambers are staffed by two associates. Each position is of 12 months’ duration, commencing in either January or October. The next vacant position will commence in January 2021.
Justice Rares will be taking associateship applications in late 2019 and early 2020 with a view to making offers in early 2020 for positions commencing in both January and October 2021.