Chief Justice of New South Wales

The Chief Justice of New South Wales is the senior judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the highest-ranking judicial officer in the Australian state of New South Wales. The Chief Justice is both the judicial head of the Supreme Court as well as the administrative head. He or she is responsible for arranging the business of the court and establishing its rules and procedures.

The current Chief Justice is Tom Bathurst, who was appointed by Governor Marie Bashir to succeed Jim Spigelman, effective 1 June 2011.

List of Chief Justices of New South Wales

No.ImageChief JusticeTerm beganTerm endedTime in of officeGovernor appointedNotes
1Sir Francis Forbes13 October 18231 July 183713 years, 261 daysMajor General Sir Thomas Brisbane GCB, GCH, FRS, FRSE[1]
2Sir James Dowling30 August 183327 September 184411 years, 28 daysGeneral Sir Richard Bourke KCB[2]
3Sir Alfred Stephen GCMG, CB, PC7 October 18446 November 187329 years, 30 daysMajor Sir George Gipps[3]
4Sir James Martin KCB, QC19 November 18734 November 188612 years, 350 daysLord Rosmead GCMG, PC[4]
5Sir Julian Salomons12 November 188627 November 188615 daysThe Marquess Lincolnshire KG, GCMG, PC, JP, DL[5]
6Sir Frederick Darley GCMG, PC29 November 18864 January 191023 years, 36 days[6]
7Sir William Cullen KCMG28 January 191027 January 192514 years, 365 daysThe Viscount Chelmsford GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GBE, PC[7]
8Sir Philip Street KCMG28 January 192531 January 19349 years, 3 daysAdmiral Sir Dudley de Chair KCB, KCMG, KBE, MVO[8]
9Sir Frederick Jordan KCMG1 February 19344 November 194915 years, 276 days[9]
10Sir Kenneth Street KCMG, KStJ6 January 195027 January 196010 years, 21 daysLieutenant General Sir John Northcott KCMG, KCVO, CB, KStJ[10]
11Herbert Evatt QC15 February 196024 October 19622 years, 251 daysLieutenant General Sir Eric Woodward KCMG, KCVO, CB, CBE, DSO[11]
12Sir Leslie Herron KBE, CMG, KStJ25 October 196222 May 19729 years, 210 days[12]
13Sir John Kerr AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC23 May 197227 June 19742 years, 35 daysSir Roden Cutler VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE[13]
14Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, QC28 June 19741 November 198814 years, 126 days[14]
15Murray Gleeson AC, QC2 November 198821 May 19989 years, 200 daysAir Marshall Sir James Rowland AC, KBE, DFC, AFC
16James Spigelman AC, QC25 May 199831 May 201113 years, 6 daysGordon Samuels AC, CVO, QC[15]
17Tom Bathurst AC1 June 2011present8 years, 199 daysDame Marie Bashir AD, CVO[16]

See also

References

  1. Currey, C.H. "Forbes, Sir Francis (1784–1841)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University.
  2. "Sir James Dowling". NSW State Archives & Records.
  3. "Sir Alfred Stephen KCMG, CB, GCMG". NSW State Archives & Records.
  4. "Sir James Martin". NSW State Archives & Records.
  5. Edgar, S.; Nairn, B. "Salomons, Sir Julian Emanuel (1835–1909)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University.
  6. "The Rt Hon Sir Frederick Matthew Darley PC, KCMG, GCMG". NSW State Archives & Records.
  7. "Hon. Sir William Portus Cullen Kt., KCMG". NSW State Archives & Records.
  8. "Hon. Sir Kenneth Whistler Street K.C.M.G." NSW State Archives & Records.
  9. Bennett, J.M. "Jordan, Sir Frederick Richard (1881–1949)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University.
  10. "Hon. Sir Kenneth Whistler Street K.C.M.G." NSW State Archives & Records.
  11. "Herbert Vere Evatt PC". NSW State Archives & Records.
  12. "Sir Leslie James Herron KBE, CMG, K.St.J." NSW State Archives & Records.
  13. Edwards, P. "Kerr, Sir John Robert (1914–1991)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  14. "Hon. Sir Laurence Whistler Street AC, KCMG, KStJ". NSW State Archives & Records.
  15. "Swearing In Ceremony of The Honourable J J Spigelman QC" (PDF). 25 May 1998.
  16. "Swearing-In Ceremony of the Honourable TF Bathurst QC". [2011] NSW Judicial Scholarship 17.
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