Justice Sarah Derrington, president of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), has been recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The Order of Australia was awarded to Australians who had demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement.
Justice Derrington received it for her “significant service to the judiciary and to the law, and to legal education”.
She had been president of the ALRC since January 2018 and was previously Dean of Law at the University of Queensland.
The ALRC was currently in the process of reviewing the Corporations Act 2001 with the aim of simplifying it and removing regulatory red tape for the financial services industry.
Justice Derrington’s colleague, part-time ALRC commissioner Justice John Middleton, was also given the same award for his “significant service to the judiciary, to the law and the professional associations”.
General counsel, Matt Corrigan, said: “It is an honour to work with a leadership team that continues to excel in legal scholarship, while also providing exemplary stewardship for the ALRC as it strives to improve Australia’s laws”.