Pardeep Singh Tiwana, at the age of 51, has become the first Indian to be appointed as a judge in Australia. More specifically, the County Court of Victoria.
Born and raised in the UK, Tiwana completed his law degree at the University of Wolverhampton. He completed his barrister studies at Lincoln’s Inn, where he was the youngest applicant to get his law degree as a barrister successfully. He received two scholarships from bar school, where he applied back in 1993 when he was 23 years old. He practised in London until 2006, before moving to Australia.
Pardeep was born in the UK, but his family originates from a Village in India. Jalandhar’s Kot Kalan Village celebrated on Wednesday by performing a Path; which is a religious prayer. In addition, they gave out sweets in honour of the success of one of their own. Ajit Singh Tiwana, Pardeep’s father, was close to his family in Jalandhar. He used to visit his village every 2 – 3 years. None of the Tiwana family currently resides in Jalandhar, but they are proud of their heritage. Paramjit Singh Raipur from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee expressed pride that a man from Jalandhar had become the first Indian judge in Australia.
Moving to Australia
Tiwana completed a 3-month course at Melbourne University in 2006. After his studies, he practised criminal law. His career has taken to new heights as the first Australian judge of Indian descent. He has made his family and the Village of Kot Kalan proud. Hard work and dedication to his chosen profession have led him to this honour.
Pardeep Singh Tiwana is not the first success story from Jalandhar. In 2017 Canada swore in their first Sikh, turbaned, baptised woman. Palbinder Kaur Shergill was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice.