The Honourable Justice Pamela Tate was appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria on 14 September 2010.
She is a judicial representative on the External Professional Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Law of Monash University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and Patron of the Australasian Association of Philosophy.
Tate was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and graduated from Otago University in 1979 with first class Honours in Philosophy. She received a three-year Commonwealth scholarship from the British Council and undertook postgraduate study in Philosophy at Oxford University, United Kingdom, graduating with a Bachelor of Philosophy. She moved to Australia to live and graduated with a first class Honours degree in Law from Monash University in 1988.
She joined the Victorian Bar in 1991, having served as an associate to Sir Daryl Dawson of the High Court for two years. At the private Bar she specialised in Constitutional law, Administrative law, and the law of trade practices. She appeared regularly in Constitutional law cases before the High Court and in Constitutional and public law cases before the Supreme Court.
In 1999 to 2000 she was Convenor of the Women Barristers’ Association. Justice Tate was appointed Senior Counsel in 2002.
Justice Tate was the Solicitor-General for Victoria from 2003 to 2010. While Solicitor-General she was appointed Special Counsel to the Human Rights Consultation Committee that recommended the enactment of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.
In June 2007 she was a Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, at the London School of Economics.
She received a Women Lawyers Achievement Award (Victoria) in 2010.
She is a member of the Judicial Conference of Australia; the Australian Association of Constitutional Law; the Australian Institute of Administrative Law; the Australian Association of Women Judges; the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration; and the International Commission of Jurists.