Lucy McCallum

Lucy McCallum (born 1963) is a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.[1]

Lucy McCallum
Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW
Assumed office
30 January 2008
Personal details
Born1963 (age 56–57)
Sydney, NSW, Australia
EducationNorth Sydney Girls High School
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales
OccupationJudge, lawyer

Early life and educationEdit

McCallum was born in Sydney, NSW, one of five children of naval cipher officers Ann (née Priestley) and Douglas McCallum, and went to school at North Sydney Girls High School.[2] McCallum studied Arts at the University of NSW, graduating in 1983, continuing on to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws in 1986. During her time at university McCallum worked as a volunteer at the Redfern Legal Centre and created a program to teach legal rights to school children.[1]


McCallum commenced working as a solicitor in 1986 at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in commercial litigation, before becoming a prosecutor in the Director of Public Prosecutions, initially for the Commonwealth and then Queensland until she became a barrister in 1991. McCallum practised in a wide range of areas that included defamation, administrative law, she was counsel assisting HIH Royal Commission, represented asbestos victims in the James Hardie Inquiry,[3] and worked pro bono for refugees who were in immigration detention and in environmental matters.[1]

Supreme Court of NSWEdit

McCallum was appointed a judge of the NSW Supreme Court on 30 January 2008 in the Common Law Division. Since 2014 McCallum has been the list judge for the Defamation list,[4] and has been the trial judge in numerous high-profile defamation and criminal cases, including a long running case brought by Helen Liu in which she seeks to have journalists reveal their sources,[5] and the trial of Simon Gittany for murder,[6] McCallum was the first judge in Australia to consider whether Twitter was a separate publication of defamatory material.[7]

In considering a sexual harassment claim brought by Brigette Styles against Clayton Utz, McCallum referred to emails by another solicitor as "no advertisement for male sensitivity; their author evidently no feminist. In one of the emails, Mr Izzo speaks of 'crazy single female chicks' who 'just need a good **** to get them back to normal'. It is difficult to decide whether it is more surprising that the remarks were made at all (after over a century of feminism) or that a lawyer recorded them in an email (after over seven centuries of subpoenas).[8]

In January 2019, Justice McCallum was elevated to the New South Wales Court of Appeal.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Swearing-in ceremony of the Honourable Justice Lucy McCallum" (PDF). Supreme Court of NSW. 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Obituary - Ann McCallum - Obituaries Australia". Australian National University. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Appointments: The Hon Justice Lucy McCallum" (PDF). (2008 Winter) Bar News: Journal of the NSW Bar Association 82. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Annual Review" (PDF). Supreme Court of NSW. 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  5. ^ Liu v The Age Company Limited [2016] NSWCA 115, Court of Appeal (NSW, Australia).
  6. ^ Craw, V; Overman, M (3 December 2013). "Justice Lucy McCallum is at the centre of the Simon Gittany case that gripped the nation". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  7. ^ Pedavoli v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd [2014] NSWSC 1674, Supreme Court (NSW, Australia)
  8. ^ Styles v Clayton Utz (No. 3) [2011] NSWSC 1452, Supreme Court (NSW, Australia)
  9. ^ Speakman, Mark (5 December 2018). "New Supreme Court and Court of Appeal judges" (PDF). Retrieved 5 September 2019.