Pamela Tate

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Pamela Tate
Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria
In office
16 September 2010 – 30 April 2021
Solicitor-General of Victoria
In office
8 July 2003 – 1 September 2010
Personal details
Born (1956-04-22) 22 April 1956 (age 66)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Alma materMonash University
Otago University
University of Oxford
OccupationJudge, lawyer

Pamela Mary Tate AM FAAL KC is a former judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia. She was appointed to the position in 2010, having previously served as the Solicitor-General of Victoria. She retired from the bench in 2021.


Tate was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and studied philosophy at the University of Otago, where she graduated with first-class honours. She studied law at Monash University, graduating in 1987, again with first-class honours. She received a Commonwealth scholarship to undertake three years of postgraduate study at the University of Oxford.


Before being called to the Bar in 1991, Tate worked as an associate to High Court Justice Sir Daryl Dawson. She then became one of Australia's most successful barristers in public law, appearing in a number of high-profile cases. She developed particular expertise in constitutional, administrative and commercial law.

Tate was the Solicitor-General of Victoria, the state's second-highest law officer, between 2003 and 2010. She was the first woman to be appointed as Solicitor-General and the first to have been chosen after public advertisement of the position, as opposed to private selection.[1]

She was appointed to the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria on 14 September 2010.[2]

In 2021 Tate retired from the Court of Appeal and, in May 2021 became adjunct professor of law at Monash University.[3]

Tate was appointed as a Member the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2023 Australia Day Honours for "significant service to the judiciary, to the law, and to legal education".[4]


  1. ^ Shiel, Fergus (9 July 2003). "Woman breaks through to grab top legal job". The Age. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Three new Supreme Court judges". The Age. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Congratulations" (PDF). AAL Newsletter. 30 April 2021. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Australia Day 2023 Honours: Full list". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 January 2023. Retrieved 25 January 2023.