The Hon Ann Ainslie-Wallace discusses the importance of case theory and why advocates must have a clear understanding of what their case theory is and be able to communicate it effectively.
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The Honourable Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace was appointed to the Appeals Division of the Family Court of Australia in 2010, having served on the bench of the District Court of New South Wales, Australia, since 1997, presiding over both civil and criminal trials. Prior to this, Ann practiced as a barrister since 1978.
At the Bar, Ann specialised in family and children’s law, and pioneered the role of counsel for separate representatives in family law cases representing children. She also had an extensive practice for the New South Wales Government appearing as counsel representing the government in many jurisdictions and as counsel assisting inquiries and inquests.
Ann has contributed extensively to advocacy training in Australia and internationally. She is the Chair of the Australian Advocacy Institute’s Board of Directors and a faculty member of the Keble Advanced International Advocacy Course. She further teaches advocacy at The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, where she was appointed Master of the Bench in 2015. Ann has also taught at the Australian Advocacy Institute’s workshop on Advocacy for Victims of War Crime at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and conducted workshops for the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and Hong Kong Monetary Authority.