The Hon. Chief Justice Wayne Martin

I am greatly honoured to have been invited to give the inaugural annual ADR address, which I understand is to be presented annually by the Australian Disputes Centre. I thank Deborah Lockhart, the CEO of the Centre, and her team, for the considerable effort that they have put into the organisation of this event. The national approach and operation of the Centre is evident in its choice of Perth as the venue for this address. At the risk of sounding parochial, the fact that ADR programmes have been an integrated component of all Western Australia’s civil courts for decades, and that the national award was presented to the Supreme Court of Western Australia last year for its ADR programme, may have influenced this selection.

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