Hon. Robyn Tupman

District Court of New South Wales

Haymarket, New South Wales, Australia

Robyn Tupman has been a Judge of the District Court for 19 years and was a solicitor and barrister in private practice from 1978. She currently presides over criminal trials in Sydney and occasionally in regional NSW. She was recently honoured as a life member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW and supports and assists the Women Barristers Forum, especially with their mentoring programmes for new women barristers and has spoken at their functions in relation to issues of gender equality in the legal profession. She is now the most senior woman Judge in the District Court.

In practice, she had recognised expertise in children’s law and sexual assault cases and was involved introducing special procedures for sexual assault cases in the District Court. She is the current President of the Australian Association of Women Judges and plays an active role in the International Association, which promotes women’s judicial leadership worldwide and advocates for gender equity and training programmes in its member jurisdictions, especially involving issues of domestic violence and human trafficking.