Margaret Stone (judge)
Margaret Ackary Stone judge who served on the Federal Court of Australia. Stone served as the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security from August 2015 until her retirement in August 2020.(died 1 September 2021) was an Australian
|Judge of the Federal Court of Australia|
9 October 2000 – 22 March 2012
|Additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory|
November 2003 – 22 March 2012
|Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security|
24 August 2015 – 23 August 2020
|Preceded by||Vivienne Thom|
|Succeeded by||Christopher Jessup|
|Died||1 September 2021|
|Alma mater||University of Sydney;|
Australian National University;
Yale Law School
Stone taught law at the University of New South Wales for over 15 years, including a role as Sub-Dean in 1981. She also worked as a solicitor becoming a partner at Freehills in 1993, where she worked in the areas of commercial property, infrastructure development, commercial financing, and taxation.
Stone was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in October 2000. Whilst a federal court judge, she was also appointed an Additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. Stone retired from both judicial positions in March 2012.
Between December 2012 and December 2014 she served as Australia's Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments. Adverse security assessments are findings by the Australian Security and intelligence Organisation that a person who has been found to be a refugee is a security risk. Such people are kept in detention until such time as it is determined that they are no longer security risks. They do not have access to the evidence on which the assessments are made; but in some cases may have some indications of the nature of the accusations. Stone had reviewed 22 of 52 adverse assessments as of June 2014, as a result of which four people have had their adverse assessments removed. By June 2015 Stone finalised a further 24 reviews, finding that five adverse assessments were either flawed or not appropriate.
She died on 1 September 2021 and was survived by three daughters and their families.
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