Magistrate Kate Hawkins was appointed to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria in 2001.
Since July 2011 Magistrate Hawkins has been the Co-Supervising Magistrate for Family Violence and Family Law, together with Deputy Chief Magistrate Felicity Broughton. She provides judicial leadership of the Court’s implementation of the broad ranging recommendations made by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. This includes rolling out specialist family violence courts statewide across Victoria.
In 2016 she facilitated a roundtable dedicated to reducing the risk to families affected by family violence navigating the court system at the COAG National Summit in Brisbane.
Prior to appointment Magistrate Hawkins practiced as a solicitor and was a partner at a major Melbourne law firm.