Justice François Kunc
Supreme Court of NSW
The judge’s judgment is intended to be the definitive means of quelling controversy – the last word. While judgments have always been open to question by various means, the current social and political environment is especially prone to challenging the judgments of courts. This paper will consider the judgment through the lens of ideas about text, truth and legitimacy to explore the pressure such challenges can place on the capacity of law to hold the line in times of uncertainty.
The Honourable Justice François Kunc was appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in April 2013 and sits in the Equity Division. After graduating with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney he practised as a solicitor with Allen Allen and Hemsley from 1986. He was called to the Bar in 1992 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2007. He was a leader of the commercial bar appearing in courts throughout Australia for major government, corporate and individual clients.
An inaugural member and past President of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, Justice Kunc has had a long interest in law, language and literature. He was a member of the specialist committee which wrote the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals under the aegis of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity.
Justice Kunc is currently the General Editor of The Australian Law Journal and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Equity. Outside of the law he is the Chairman of the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation and a director of the Opera Australia Capital Fund.