Published: 09 September, 2022

Media release: Acknowledging the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

On behalf of the Judges of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Division 1 and Division 2, I acknowledge and express a deep sense of sadness following the news announcing the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Majesty served as Head of State of the United Kingdom and Australia for an unparalleled seven decades, spanning periods of significant social change. In fulfilling her duties to the Australian community, Her Majesty did so with extraordinary commitment, and with great dignity and grace.

Judicial office holders across the Commonwealth, and the wider community, will no doubt mark this day as a significant day in history.

I am sure many people within the Courts will want to pay their respects over the coming days, and the Courts will follow protocols issued by the Government in respect of court business.


The Hon William Alstergren AO
Chief Justice
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia