List of judges of the Federal Court of Australia

Judges who have served on the Federal Court of Australia as of May 2019,[1][2] are appointed in accordance with section 72 of the Constitution, which has, since the Court's inception in 1976, been for a term expiring at age 70.[3]

In addition to their judicial service, six judges of the Federal Court have also been elected to the Parliament of Australia: Nigel Bowen, Bob Ellicott, Merv Everett, Tony Whitlam, John Reeves and Duncan Kerr. All were elected prior to their appointment to the bench.

Additionally, two judges of the Federal Court have served in state Parliaments: Bernard Riley, formerly of the New South Wales Legislative Council, and Howard Olney, formerly of the Western Australian Legislative Council.

Judges including Chief JusticesEdit

Position Name Appointment
commenced
Appointment
ended
Term Comments Notes
Chief Justice Sir Nigel Bowen AC, KBE, QC 20 December 1976 31 December 1990 14 years, 11 days Chief Judge in Equity of the Supreme Court (NSW) [4]
Michael Black AC, QC 1 January 1991 21 March 2010 19 years, 79 days Barrister (Queen's Counsel for Victoria and Tasmania) [5]
Patrick Keane AC, QC 22 March 2010 28 February 2013 2 years, 343 days Court of Appeal Judge in the Supreme Court (Qld)
Appointed to the High Court
[2][6][7]
James Allsop AO 1 March 2013 6 years, 338 days Previously President of the Court of Appeal (NSW)
previously served as Federal Court judge
[8]
Judge Sir Richard Blackburn OBE 1 February 1977 31 March 1985 8 years, 58 days [2]
(Sir) Gerard Brennan AC, KBE, QC 12 February 1981 4 years, 11 days Appointed to the High Court
Xavier Connor AO, QC 17 March 1982 5 years, 44 days
Phillip Evatt DSC 28 February 1987 10 years, 27 days Judge of the Supreme Court (NI)
Sir William Forster AC, KBE, QC 31 January 1989 11 years, 365 days
Robert Franki 5 August 1986 9 years, 185 days
Russell Fox AC, QC 31 March 1989 12 years, 58 days Chief Judge of the Supreme Court (NI)
John Keely QC 29 February 1996 19 years, 28 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
James Muirhead AC, KStJ, QC 4 August 1986 9 years, 184 days
Sir John Nimmo CBE, OStJ, QC 30 June 1980 3 years, 150 days
Ray Northrop QC 31 August 1998 21 years, 211 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
Bernard Riley 4 August 1978 1 year, 184 days
Sir Reginald Smithers 30 September 1986 9 years, 241 days
Robert St John 31 March 1985 8 years, 58 days Judge of the Supreme Court (NI)
Charles Sweeney CBE 29 June 1995 18 years, 148 days
John Sweeney 7 May 1981 4 years, 95 days
Richard Ward QC 24 November 1977 296 days
Sir Edward Woodward AC, OBE, QC 31 July 1990 13 years, 180 days
(Sir) William Deane AC, KBE, QC 1 April 1977 26 July 1982 5 years, 116 days Appointed to the High Court
John Toohey AC, QC 4 April 1977 31 December 1986 9 years, 271 days Appointed to the High Court
Douglas McGregor AC, QC 7 November 1977 14 November 1985 8 years, 7 days
Francis Fisher AC, QC 6 March 1978 31 July 1989 11 years, 147 days
John Gallop AM, RFD, QC 11 March 1978 30 July 2000 22 years, 141 days
Daryl Davies QC 17 May 1978 31 August 1998 20 years, 106 days
John Lockhart AO 30 October 1978 11 June 1999 20 years, 224 days
Ian Sheppard AO 9 December 1979 23 May 1997 17 years, 165 days
John Kelly QC 11 March 1980 1 July 1990 10 years, 112 days
Trevor Morling QC 11 February 1981 1 February 1993 11 years, 356 days Judge of the Supreme Court (NI)
Bob Ellicott QC 2 March 1981 24 February 1983 1 year, 359 days
Gerald Fitzgerald AC, QC 25 November 1981 30 June 1984 2 years, 218 days
Kenneth Jenkinson 1 November 1982 5 June 1997 14 years, 216 days
Alan Neaves AC, QC 11 March 1983 8 January 1995 11 years, 303 days
Michael Kirby AC, CMG 30 March 1983 23 September 1984 1 year, 177 days Appointed to NSW Court of Appeal
then to High Court
Bryan Beaumont AO 30 May 1983 11 February 2005 21 years, 257 days Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (NI)
Murray Wilcox AO, QC 11 May 1984 2 October 2006 22 years, 144 days Chief Justice of Industrial Relations Court
Judge of the Supreme Court (NI)
Additional Judge of the Supree Court (ACT)
Peter Gray AM 17 May 1984 17 May 2013 29 years, 0 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
Jeffrey Spender QC 17 May 1984 19 July 2010 26 years, 63 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
Merv Everett 27 June 1984 4 October 1987 3 years, 99 days
Bill Pincus QC 25 March 1985 16 December 1991 6 years, 266 days
James Burchett 3 June 1985 10 October 2000 15 years, 129 days
Jeffrey Miles AO 18 June 1985 30 September 2002 17 years, 104 days
David Jackson AM, QC 15 November 1985 26 May 1987 1 year, 192 days
Donnell Ryan QC 29 September 1986 2 June 2011 24 years, 246 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
William Gummow AC, QC 24 November 1986 20 April 1995 8 years, 147 days Appointed to the High Court
Robert French AC 25 November 1986 1 September 2008 21 years, 281 days Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
Appointed to Chief Justice of the High Court
Marcus Einfeld 18 December 1986 16 April 2001 14 years, 119 days
Trevor Hartigan 13 August 1987 24 April 1990 2 years, 254 days
Michael Foster QC 2 November 1987 26 November 1998 11 years, 24 days
Alastair Nicholson AO, RFD 1 February 1988 31 May 2004 16 years, 120 days
Malcolm Lee AO, QC 15 February 1988 1 May 2006 18 years, 75 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
Howard Olney AM, QC 21 May 1988 30 April 2003 14 years, 344 days
John von Doussa AO, QC 1 December 1988 15 August 2003 14 years, 257 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
Graham Hill 1 February 1989 24 August 2005 16 years, 204 days
Deirdre O'Connor 1 July 1990 5 March 2002 11 years, 247 days
John Phillips AO, QC 14 August 1990 17 December 1991 1 year, 125 days
Maurice O'Loughlin 1 August 1989 28 January 2003 13 years, 180 days
Terrence Higgins AO, QC 1 July 1990 12 September 2013 23 years, 73 days
Peter Heerey AM, QC 17 December 1990 16 February 2009 18 years, 61 days
Doug Drummond QC 2 December 1991 12 April 2003 11 years, 131 days
Richard Cooper 30 March 1992 14 March 2005 12 years, 349 days
Margaret Beazley AO 1 January 1993 28 April 1996 3 years, 118 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
Appointed to Court of Appeal (NSW)
Tony Whitlam QC 1 January 1993 1 May 2005 12 years, 120 days
Christopher Carr 13 December 1993 1 August 2004 10 years, 232 days
Michael Moore 28 March 1994 1 August 2011 17 years, 126 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
Catherine Branson QC 16 May 1994 13 October 2008 14 years, 150 days
Jane Mathews AO 4 July 1994 6 April 2001 6 years, 276 days
Kevin Lindgren AM, QC 26 July 1994 12 February 2010 15 years, 201 days
Brian Tamberlin QC 29 August 1994 30 March 2009 14 years, 213 days Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
Ronald Sackville AO 19 September 1994 25 August 2008 13 years, 341 days
Susan Kiefel AC 17 October 1994 3 September 2007 12 years, 321 days Judge of the Supreme Court (NI)
Appointed to the High Court
Robert Nicholson AO 1 January 1995 7 August 2007 12 years, 218 days
Paul Finn 3 July 1995 4 July 2012 17 years, 1 day
Ross Sundberg AM, QC 10 July 1995 9 August 2010 15 years, 30 days
Shane Marshall 17 July 1995 21 November 2015 20 years, 127 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
John Lehane 3 October 1995 10 September 2001 5 years, 342 days
Rodney Madgwick QC 3 October 1995 21 April 2008 12 years, 201 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
Anthony North 3 October 1995 11 September 2018 22 years, 343 days Judge of Industrial Relations Court
Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
[2][9]
Ron Merkel QC 5 February 1996 15 May 2006 10 years, 99 days [2]
John Mansfield AM 2 September 1996 24 August 2016 19 years, 357 days
Arthur Emmett 3 February 1997 6 March 2013 16 years, 31 days
Alan Goldberg AO, QC 3 February 1997 4 July 2010 13 years, 151 days
Raymond Finkelstein QC 21 July 1997 1 July 2011 13 years, 345 days
Geoffrey Giudice AO 17 September 1997 28 February 2012 14 years, 164 days President of AIRC & then Fair Work Australia
Mark Weinberg 15 July 1998 19 July 2008 10 years, 4 days Judge of the Court of Appeal (Vic)
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (NI)
Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
John Dowsett AM, QC 14 September 1998 26 April 2018 19 years, 224 days Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
previously a Judge of the Supreme Court (Qld).
[10][11]
Leslie Katz SC 30 September 1998 21 March 2002 3 years, 172 days [2]
Peter Hely 2 October 1998 1 October 2005 6 years, 364 days
Susan Kenny 16 October 1998 21 years, 109 days Presidential member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Previously a judge of the Court of Appeal (Vic)
[1]
Roger Gyles AO, QC 11 June 1999 22 August 2008 9 years, 72 days Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT) [2]
Richard Conti QC 15 August 2000 15 August 2007 7 years, 0 days
Margaret Stone 9 October 2000 22 March 2012 11 years, 165 days Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
James Allsop AO 7 May 2001 2 June 2008 7 years, 26 days As Justice. Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
Appointed President of the Court of Appeal (NSW)
returned to court as Chief Justice
[8]
Garry Downes AM 2 April 2002 15 May 2012 10 years, 43 days Judge of the Supreme Court (NI) [2]
Peter Jacobson 17 June 2002 25 January 2015 12 years, 222 days Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (NI)
Bradley Selway 18 November 2002 10 April 2005 2 years, 143 days
Annabelle Bennett AO 5 May 2003 23 March 2016 12 years, 323 days Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
Bruce Lander 14 July 2003 31 August 2013 10 years, 48 days Judge of the Supreme Court (NI)
Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
Susan Crennan AC 3 February 2004 1 November 2005 1 year, 271 days Appointed to the High Court
Antony Siopis SC 14 April 2005 5 May 2018 13 years, 21 days Presidential member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal [12][13]
Richard Edmonds 5 May 2005 10 February 2016 10 years, 281 days [2]
Peter Graham QC 24 May 2005 6 September 2010 5 years, 105 days [2]
Andrew Greenwood 4 August 2005 14 years, 182 days Presidential member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal [1][14][15]
Neil Young QC 30 November 2005 24 January 2007 1 year, 55 days [2]
Steven Rares 2 February 2006 14 years, 0 days Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT) [16]
Berna Collier 8 February 2006 13 years, 359 days Judge of the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court
Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
[17]
Dennis Cowdroy AO 13 March 2006 15 March 2014 8 years, 2 days [2]
Anthony Besanko 3 April 2006 13 years, 305 days Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (NI)
Additional Judge of the Supreme Court (ACT)
Prefiously a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia
[18][19][20][21]
Christopher Jessup QC 23 June 2006 15 April 2017 13 years, 224 days [2]
Richard Tracey AM, RFD 24 July 2006 16 August 2018 12 years, 23 days [22]
John Middleton 31 July 2006 13 years, 186 days [1]
Robert Buchanan QC 8 September 2006 10 September 2016 10 years, 2 days Judge of the Supreme Court (NI) [2]
John Gilmour QC 11 December 2006 23 March 2018 11 years, 102 days Judge of the Supreme Court (NI) [2]
Michelle Gordon 20 April 2007 8 June 2015 8 years, 49 days Appointed to the High Court [2]
John Logan RFD 27 September 2007 12 years, 128 days [1]
Geoffrey Flick 15 October 2007 12 years, 110 days [1]
Neil McKerracher 15 October 2007 12 years, 110 days [1]
John Reeves 19 November 2007 12 years, 75 days [23]
Nye Perram 8 August 2008 11 years, 178 days [1]
Jayne Jagot 3 September 2008 11 years, 152 days [1]
Lindsay Foster 4 September 2008 11 years, 151 days [1]
Michael Barker 9 February 2009 11 February 2019 10 years, 2 days [2]
John Nicholas 16 February 2009 10 years, 78 days [1]
David Yates 30 November 2009 10 years, 64 days [1]
Mordecai Bromberg 7 December 2009 10 years, 57 days [1]
Julie Dodds-Streeton QC 1 February 2010 1 April 2014 4 years, 59 days [2]
Anna Katzmann 1 February 2010 10 years, 1 day [24]
Alan Robertson 18 April 2011 8 years, 290 days [1]
Bernard Murphy 13 June 2011 8 years, 234 days
Iain Ross AO 1 March 2012 7 years, 338 days President of Fair Work Commission [25]
John Griffiths 23 April 2012 7 years, 285 days [1]
Duncan Kerr 10 May 2012 7 years, 268 days President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (2012-2017)
Previously member of the House of Representatives and Attorney-General
[26][27]
Kathleen Farrell 5 December 2012 7 years, 59 days
Tony Pagone 21 June 2013 31 March 2018 4 years, 283 days [2]
Jennifer Davies 4 July 2013 6 years, 213 days [1]
Debra Mortimer 12 July 2013 6 years, 205 days
Darryl Rangiah 13 August 2013 6 years, 173 days
Richard White 31 August 2013 6 years, 155 days
Michael Wigney 9 September 2013 6 years, 146 days Judge of the Supreme Court (NI)
Melissa Perry 23 September 2013 6 years, 132 days
Jacqueline Gleeson 15 April 2014 5 years, 293 days
Jonathan Beach 30 June 2014 5 years, 217 days
James Edelman 20 April 2015 29 January 2017 1 year, 284 days Appointed to the High Court [2][28]
Brigitte Markovic 24 August 2015 4 years, 162 days [1]
Mark Moshinsky 3 November 2015 4 years, 91 days [1]
Robert Bromwich 29 February 2016 3 years, 339 days [1]
Natalie Charlesworth 1 March 2016 3 years, 338 days [1]
Stephen Burley 6 May 2016 3 years, 272 days [1]
David O'Callaghan 1 February 2017 3 years, 1 day [1]
Michael Lee 27 March 2017 2 years, 312 days [1]
Roger Derrington 29 March 2017 2 years, 310 days [1]
David Thomas 27 June 2017 2 years, 220 days President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (2017-)
Previously a Judge of the Supreme Court (Qld)
[1]
Sarah Derrington 10 January 2018 2 years, 23 days President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (2018-) [1]
Simon Steward 1 February 2018 2 years, 1 day [1]
Katrina Banks-Smith 12 February 2018 1 year, 355 days Previously a Judge of Supreme Court (WA) [1]
Craig Colvin 13 February 2018 1 year, 354 days [1]
Thomas Thawley 14 February 2018 1 year, 353 days [1]
Michael Wheelahan 3 October 2018 1 year, 122 days [1]
Paul Anastassiou 1 February 2019 1 year, 1 day [1]
Angus Stewart 25 February 2019 342 days [1]
Michael O'Brien 26 February 2019 341 days [1]
Darren Jackson 20 March 2019 319 days [1]
John Snaden 29 April 2019 279 days [1]
Stewart Anderson 6 May 2019 272 days [1]
Wendy Abraham 7 May 2019 271 days [1]

Location of current judgesEdit

Sydney
Melbourne
  • Susan Kenny (16 October 1998)
  • John Middleton (7 August 2006)
  • Mordecai Bromberg (7 December 2009)
  • Bernard Murphy (13 June 2011)
  • Iain Ross (1 March 2012) (also President of Fair Work Commission)
  • Jennifer Davies (4 July 2013)
  • Debra Mortimer (12 July 2013)
  • Jonathan Beach (30 June 2014)
  • Mark Moshinsky (3 November 2015)
  • David O'Callaghan (1 February 2017)
  • Simon Steward (1 February 2018)
  • Michael Wheelahan (3 October 2018)
  • Elias Anastassiou (1 February 2019)
  • Michael O’Bryan (26 February 2019)
  • John Snaden (29 April 2019)
  • Stewart Anderson (6 May 2019)
Brisbane
Perth
  • Neil McKerracher (15 October 2007)
  • Katrina Banks-Smith (12 February 2018)
  • Craig Colvin (13 February 2018)
  • Darren Jackson (20 March 2019)
Adelaide
  • Anthony Besanko (3 April 2006)
  • Richard Conway White (31 August 2013)
  • Natalie Charlesworth (1 March 2016)
Hobart

See also

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am "List by appointment date of current judges". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Former Judges of the Federal Court of Australia". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. ^ Constitution (Cth) s 72 Judges' appointment, tenure, and remuneration.
  4. ^ Keating, Paul (10 October 1994). "Condolences: Bowen, Sir Nigel Hubert, AC, KBE". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2007.
  5. ^ Douglas, Richard (26 February 2010). Ceremonial Farewell for the Hon. Justice Michael Black AC (Speech). Hearsay. Bar Association of Queensland. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  6. ^ Battersby, Lucy (16 February 2013). "Man of choice words and keen judgments". The Age. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  7. ^ Byrne, Elizabeth (5 March 2013). "Justice Keane completes the new-look High Court". ABC News.
  8. ^ a b "The Hon James Leslie Bain ALLSOP AO". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
    Kelly, Joe (21 November 2012). "'Brilliant' Allsop to go federal". The Australian. Archived from the original on 21 November 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Ceremonial Sitting of the Full Court to Farewell the Honourable Justice North", fedcourt.gov.au, retrieved 18 September 2018
  10. ^ Pelly, Michael (20 February 2015). "Judges put to pasture too early, says Bell". The Australian. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  11. ^ "The Hon John Alfred DOWSETT AM". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  12. ^ "The Hon Antony Nicholas SIOPIS". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Sopis joins Federal Court". Business News. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  14. ^ "The Hon Andrew Peter GREENWOOD". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Adjunct Professors". University of Queensland. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  16. ^ "The Hon Steven David RARES". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  17. ^ "The Hon Berna Joan COLLIER". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  18. ^ "The Hon Anthony James BESANKO". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Besanko appointed Federal Court judge". abc.net.au. 2 March 2006. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  20. ^ Berkovic, Nicola (17 February 2012). "Leading judges and silks line up for next High Court seat". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Supreme Court of Norfolk Island". Commonwealth of Australia. 7 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Judge retires with shot at CFMEU and class action 'vultures'". AFR.com. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  23. ^ Byrnie, Gwen (24 September 2007). "Introducing the first Northern Territory-based Federal Court judge". Crikey. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  24. ^ "Biography of Justice Katzmann". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  25. ^ "The Hon Iain James Kerr ROSS AO". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  26. ^ "The Hon Duncan James Colquhoun KERR, Chev LH". Federal Court of Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  27. ^ "The Hon Duncan Kerr SC, MP". Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  28. ^ Chan, Gabrielle (29 November 2016). "Susan Kiefel becomes first female high court chief justice". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2017.