Judith Fordham

Forensic scientist and barrister.


Judith has worn zebra-print shoes into a courtroom, represented transsexuals, bikers, alleged murderers and rapists, and raised four children on her own. Once a battered wife, who, struggled to feed her family she is now one of Western Australia’s best known criminal lawyers and is also an expert in forensic science, and an internationally known jury researcher.

Judith will entertain, inspire or confront any audience. Alternatively she can just have them “rolling in the aisles” with tales from 25 years of crazy experiences in the practice of criminal law; she is entertaining, motivational and (if you ask her nicely) downright hilarious! She is a first class speaker whose entertaining and informative presentations will inspire and motivate any audience. Judith can also create or tailor a presentation to suit your specific event theme or requirements.

Current work

Judith has recently returned from her second stint as a speaker on the prestigious ship the Queen Mary 2, where she attracted standing room only crowds of over 600 passengers at each of her seven presentations.

Previous experience

Awards: Judith has been honoured to serve as an Australia Day Ambassador, been awarded a life membership of Angelhands (a support organisation for secondary victims of homicide), and her law practice was a 2014 state finalist in the Telstra Business Awards.

Juror: Judith has carried out several research projects on juries, including a study of juror intimidation at the W.A. Attorney General’s personal request. She had permission for almost unprecedented access to jurors for post trial interviews.

Author: Her bold approach to life and law is inspiring, and her stories about the world of crime and justice told in her book ‘Life, Law and Not Enough Shoes’ are fascinating.


Talking Points
From Zero to Hero.
Life, Law & Not Enough Shoes: Adventures of a lady lawyer in the world of crime.
The Real CSI: Truth is stranger than fiction.
Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of the Jury Room.
Guilty or Not?
Happy Families
Scared to Death?
Could You be a Criminal?