Dr Elwyn Edgar Ernest Elms OAM

Areas of expertise

  • Motor Traffic Law (NSW)
  • NSW Local Court Civil Practice

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Sydney)

Diploma in Criminology (Sydney)

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Macquarie)

Doctor of Philosophy, Modern French Legal and Administrative History (Macquarie)

Dr Elwyn Edgar Ernest Elms OAM

LLB, Dip Crim (Syd), BA (Hons), PhD (Macq)

Dr Elwyn Elms practiced as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW from 1966 to 1979. He was a Magistrate of the Local Court of NSW between 1985 and 1998, and an Acting Magistrate from 1998 to 2005. He was the Senior Civil Claims Magistrate at the Downing Centre between 1987 and1992, Chairman of the Victims Compensation Tribunal between 1992 and 1994 and Acting Deputy State Coroner in 2000.

He received his Doctorate in Philosophy from Macquarie University in 1987, his thesis topic being The Conseil d’État under the Third Republic, 1879-1914.  The Conseil d’État is a legal and administrative body functioning in France since the time of Napoleon. It is the third highest ranking assembly in the nation and also functions as a court. His thesis was reviewed by examiners in Oxford, Paris and Melbourne, and chapters from it have been published in French in the Etudes et documents du Conseil d’État (Paris) and the prestigious French history journal French History (Oxford University Press).

In 2013, Dr Elms received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the law in this State and to the community. 

Dr Elms is the author of the annotations and commentary in the LexisNexis service Motor and Traffic Law NSW and is also a co-author of Ritchie's Uniform Civil Procedure NSW. Between 1991 and 2005, he was the sole Author and Editor of LexisNexis Butterworths’ Local Courts Civil Procedure NSW, and the General Editor of the NSW Local and District Courts’ newsletter Direct Link during the 1990s.

Publications and Editorial Contacts

Awards & Recognition

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the law in this State and to the community.