28 August 2014
The Honourable Justice Frances Backman retired as a Judge and Deputy President of the Industrial Relations Commission on 19 August 2014.Her Honour served for ten years with the Commission. She took up her appointment on 19 August 2004. At her swearing in ceremony the then Attorney General, the Honourable Bob Debus said, after canvassing her Honour's extensive legal career:
"I am sure that your career with the Commission will be as successful and fulfilling as your career at the Bar and at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution's office."
These words proved to be most prophetic. As his Honour, Justice Michael Walton, President of the Commission noted:
"Her Honour developed into an outstanding jurist, forming an excellent reputation for her ability to apply her considerable skills to the variety of situations that arise within the Commission. Her Honour's real strength though lay in the area of criminal law, reflected in her many erudite judgments in relation to prosecutions brought before the Court under occupational health and safety laws. Her Honour made a significant contribution to the jurisprudence of the Court in this area".
The Commission wishes her Honour and her partner, Karl, a long, happy and rewarding retirement. Industrial Registrar.