Diana Bryant was Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia from 2004 to October 2017. Immediately prior to her appointment as Chief Justice of the Family Court, she was the inaugural Chief Federal Magistrate of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (now the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) from 2000–2004, having guided the establishment and growth of that court in its first four years.
Before her appointment to the Bench, Chief Justice Bryant practised as a family lawyer with a national firm in Perth and spent 10 years at the Victorian Bar, becoming a Queen’s Counsel in 1997.
Her international work includes many appellate decisions regarding Hague Convention cases and she was one of the two International Hague Network Judges for Australia from 2009 to 2017. She is currently chairing a working group for the Hague Permanent Bureau developing a Guide to Good Practice in relation to Article 13(1)(b) of the Child Abduction Convention. (the ‘grave risk’ exception) She is also co-chair of the Association of International Family Judges and a member of the Internation Advosory Committee for the Singapore Family Justice Courts.
In 2018 she will be ‘Judge in Residence ‘ at Melbourne University Law School and she is a member of the International Association of Child Law Researchers. She is currently chairing the National Judicial College of Australia family violence training for the Australian judiciary and is a facilitator in the delivery of the program.