Justice Peter Garling
Justice Garling was born in 1952 in Malaya. He was educated in Sydney at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview. He was awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (1974) and Bachelor of Laws (1977) by the University of Sydney.
Justice Garling was appointed to be a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW in June 2010. His Honour sits in the Common Law Division of the Court where he hears both criminal and civil matters.
His Honour was a member of the Executive Committee, and the Governing Council of the Judicial Conference of Australia from 2010 to 2013. He is presently the Chair of the IT Committee, a member of the Education Committee and also of the Common Law Civil Users Group of the Supreme Court of NSW. He is a member of the Editorial Committee for the Civil Trial Bench Book at the Judicial Commission of NSW.
Prior to his appointment, he practised as a barrister for over 30 years.
His first admission as a barrister was in NSW on 9 February 1979. He was then admitted to practice as a barrister in all States and Territories in Australia. He was also admitted to practice in New Zealand and has practised extensively on Norfolk Island. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1994.
His appearances as a barrister ranged across a variety of common law, criminal and commercial litigation cases throughout Australia. He specialised in the areas of professional negligence and product liability law, public authority liability, insurance law and administrative law.
He has appeared extensively in Royal Commissions and Public Inquiries.
From November 1989 to November 1991, he held an appointment as an Acting Judge of the District Court of NSW.
From 2006 to 2008, he served as an elected member of the Council of the Bar Association of New South Wales. He was a member of the Legal Profession Review Council appointed by the Attorney General of NSW.
Special Commission of Inquiry
In January 2008, he was appointed by the Government of New South Wales to conduct the Special Commission of Inquiry into Acute Care Services in NSW Public Hospitals.
His Inquiry dealt with all aspects of the public hospital system in NSW and more broadly with aspects of the delivery of all health and allied services throughout NSW. In the course of the Inquiry, he visited 61 hospitals, and heard from over 625 witnesses about the operation of the health and public hospital system in NSW. He received and reviewed 1200 submissions from organisations and individuals.
On 28 November 2008, he delivered his 1200-page Report to Professor Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, the then Governor of New South Wales. The Report made 134 recommendations for reform in public hospitals, which were adopted by the NSW government. The Garling Report, as it is known, has been, and continues to be, the guiding charter upon which many of the extensive reforms in NSW public hospitals have been based.
His Honour has been a member and office-holder of many community organisations.
His involvement has included being an appointed member of the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney, and a member of an advisory group for the Faculty of Law in Sydney at the Australian Catholic University.
He has been involved in a number of governance roles with the education mission of the Loreto Sisters. He is presently the Chair of Loreto Ministries Ltd, an organisation responsible for the provision of primary and secondary school education throughout Australia to over 7,000 students, and also in Timor Leste. As well, it provides programs which support school education in Vietnam.
He presently serves as the Chair of the NSW Rugby Union Appeals Panel.