The official launch of Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Centre for Law and Justice last Thursday welcomed a leading judge to regional New South Wales (NSW).

Leading legal minds from regional NSW gathered in Bathurst to meet to the Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the Court of Appeal of NSW, and to see her officially open the Centre and CSU’s new Bachelor of Laws program.

Head of the CSU Centre for Law and Justice, Associate Professor Alison Gerardtold Bathurst City Life she was thrilled to host Justice Beazley for the opening of the new law centre.

“We were delighted to launch the Charles Sturt University Centre for Law and Justice, which houses our Bachelor of Laws degree. Her Honour, Justice Margaret Beazley has enjoyed a remarkable career in law, she is a real change-maker who is an inspiration to our students,” Professor Gerard said.

With her visit to open the Centre, Justice Beazley recognised the importance of law and the courts for the regional communities of NSW.

“A visit to any of the heritage listed court houses of western New South Wales serves not only as stunning viewing, but also as an important reminder of the long history of the judicial system in regional communities,” Justice Beazley said.

“I have no doubt that the new Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University will serve an important role not only in educating future lawyers, but also in engaging with the legal profession and the broader Australian community.”

Justice Margaret Beazley, who first graduated from law in 1974, was the first woman to be appointed President of the NSW Court of Appeal in 2013. She has also served nationally as a judge with the Federal Court of Australia and Industrial Relations Court of Australia.

In 2006, Justice Beazley was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her service to the judiciary and the law.