She joins other Labor figures like Court of Appeal President Chris Maxwell in senior positions in Victorian courts. All judges are expected to resign their party membership upon appointment to judicial office.
There are compensations for this loss of party membership, Supreme Court judges get a full-time driver, car, business class travel, and a base salary of $333,000 per annum [pdf].
On top of of the base salary judges receive around $180,000 per annum after retirement, in a defined benefit super scheme of the kind abolished for politicians thanks to Mark Latham. At the time he pledged to scrap defined benefit schemes, Latham said they were seven times as generous as those enjoyed by other members of the community. Supreme Court judges in other states have previouslyÂ banded together to combat Commonwealth efforts to place taxes on their superannuation.
Earlier this year, Supreme Court judges were discovered to have been overpaid by many thousands of dollars. Word is that some have been rather tardy in repaying the extra.
EMERTON QUICK OFF THE MARK
It’s a rapid rise for the Labor lawyer, as she was appointed a Senior Counsel in November 2007.
Emerton is believed to have written an unpublished 1987 paper “Figures of the Feminine”, much praised in feminist literature such “Volatile bodies: towards corporeal feminism.”
Aside from a stellar legal career, Dr Emerton is no academic slouch either, and was awarded her doctorate of philosophy for “The Feminine in Philosophy” in 1987.
Her work has also been quoted favourably in the publication “Feminist Criminology.”
Emerton is not only a long-standing party member, she is clearly well-connected throughout the ALP. Our predecessor publication reported that she represented the national secretariat of the ALP in court when it was administered by Tim Gartrell. It is understood she was in the Fitzroy branch of the ALP for a time, an area normally identified as a bastion of the inner-urban Socialist Left.
Aside from her extensive Labor connections, Dr Emerton will be able to fit right in to the court straight away, having worked closely together with Court of Appeal boss Chris Maxwell when providing pro bono legal assistance to the Womens Electoral Lobby back in the day.