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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 WalesEdit

No. Image Chief Justice Term began Term ended Time in of office Governor appointed Notes
1   Sir Francis Forbes 13 October 1823 1 July 1837 13 years, 261 days Major General Sir Thomas Brisbane GCB, GCH, FRS, FRSE [1]
2   Sir James Dowling 30 August 1833 27 September 1844 11 years, 28 days General Sir Richard Bourke KCB [2]
3   Sir Alfred Stephen GCMG, CB, PC 7 October 1844 6 November 1873 29 years, 30 days Major Sir George Gipps [3]
4   Sir James Martin KCB, QC 19 November 1873 4 November 1886 12 years, 350 days Lord Rosmead GCMG, PC [4]
5   Sir Julian Salomons 12 November 1886 27 November 1886 15 days The Marquess Lincolnshire KG, GCMG, PC, JP, DL [5]
6   Sir Frederick Darley GCMG, PC 29 November 1886 4 January 1910 23 years, 36 days [6]
7   Sir William Cullen KCMG 28 January 1910 27 January 1925 14 years, 365 days The Viscount Chelmsford GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GBE, PC [7]
8   Sir Philip Street KCMG 28 January 1925 31 January 1934 9 years, 3 days Admiral Sir Dudley de Chair KCB, KCMG, KBE, MVO [8]
9   Sir Frederick Jordan KCMG 1 February 1934 4 November 1949 15 years, 276 days [9]
10   Sir Kenneth Street KCMG, KStJ 6 January 1950 27 January 1960 10 years, 21 days Lieutenant General Sir John Northcott KCMG, KCVO, CB, KStJ [10]
11   Herbert Evatt QC 15 February 1960 24 October 1962 2 years, 251 days Lieutenant General Sir Eric Woodward KCMG, KCVO, CB, CBE, DSO [11]
12 Sir Leslie Herron KBE, CMG, KStJ 25 October 1962 22 May 1972 9 years, 210 days [12]
13   Sir John Kerr AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC 23 May 1972 27 June 1974 2 years, 35 days Sir Roden Cutler VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE [13]
14   Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, QC 28 June 1974 1 November 1988 14 years, 126 days [14]
15   Murray Gleeson AC, QC 2 November 1988 21 May 1998 9 years, 200 days Air Marshall Sir James Rowland AC, KBE, DFC, AFC
16   James Spigelman AC, QC 25 May 1998 31 May 2011 13 years, 6 days Gordon Samuels AC, CVO, QC [15]
17 Tom Bathurst AC 1 June 2011 present 8 years, 98 days Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO [16]

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ReferencesEdit

  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.