Dr Anne Wallace is a Professor in the School of Business and Law at ECU.
Professor Anne Wallace was head of the School of Law & Justice at ECU from August 2012 to December 2015. Prior to taking up that appointment, she was the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Business, Government & Law at the University of Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory.
She has teaching expertise in both Law and Justice Studies programs, in subject areas including Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence Law, Forensic Evidence & Law and Issues in Justice Administration. Anne has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law Masters of Legal Studies program, where she has taught the subject Court Technology. She is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre at Victoria University in Melbourne.
From 1993 to 2006 Anne was the Deputy Executive Director for the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, and in that role she developed a research interest in the field of judicial administration. She has, in particular, been researching the development and implementation of information and communications technology (ICT) in Australian courts and tribunals, and the justice system generally, since 1998. Together with Jeff Leeuwenburg, she published three overview studies in the field, which were the first of their kind in Australia. Anne has also published, both nationally and internationally, on a range of other topics relating to ICT in courts and has well-established working relationships with colleagues and institutions in this field in the United States and Europe, as well as Australia.
She has been a Chief Investigator in two multi-disciplinary research projects under the Court of the Future Network (led by Professor David Tait, of the University of Western Sydney) and funded by the Australian Research Council, that investigate the use of technology in the justice system; one examines the effect of interactive visual evidence on juries, the other seeks to establish best practice guidelines for the use of remote witness testimony in courts. Anne has also researched in a number of other fields related to judicial administration, including court safety, judicial workload allocation and the impact of social media on the work of courts.
At the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, Anne managed a 10-year project to provide cultural awareness training for the judiciary in relation to indigenous issues. She was subsequently engaged by the National Judicial College of Australia to develop a curriculum outline for another program relating to indigenous issues in the justice system and is a member of the College’s Indigenous Issues Committee.
Anne served as a visiting foreign expert for a judicial training program conducted by the Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) institute in Prague in November 1996 for judiciary from a number of Eastern European countries. She has also served as a faculty member for the International Association for Court Administration and is currently a member of the editorial board for its international journal.
Prior to moving to academic roles, Anne was a Principal Legal Officer in charge of Prosecutions and Civil Litigation with the Office of the Australian Government Solicitor in Hobart. She joined that office in 1983 and worked in a variety of legal roles, spending over 9 years in prosecutions and civil litigation. Anne is admitted to practice to the Supreme Court of Tasmania, and the High Court of Australia.
Anne researches in the areas of evidence law, judicial and court administration. She has specialised in the study of the impact of information and communications technology on justice processes, as well as exploring aspects of court management and the interactions between courts and their users, in relation to issues of privacy and court safety. Her current areas of research include the use of videolinks in courts, the impact of social media on jury trials and court operations, judicial workload allocation, and the impact of cultural diversity on access to courts.