List of Justices of the High Court of Australia

List of Justices of the High Court of Australia

The following table contains the details of the 44 men and three women who have ever been appointed as Justices of the High Court of Australia. The High Court of Australia was formed in 1903 under the "Judiciary Act 1903", and under s 71 of the Australian Constitution the judicial power of the Commonwealth of Australia is vested in the Court. ["Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act", s 71 ("Judicial power & courts"). From Australian Legal Information Institute (AUSTLII), [http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/coaca430/s71.html "Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act: Chapter III: The Judicature: Section 71"] . Accessed 26 January, 2007.] Since the passing of the "Australia Act 1986", the court has been the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy.

The court is currently composed of seven judges, including six puisne justices and the Chief Justice of Australia. The current judges are listed in bold on the table below. The most recent appointment to the court is Chief Justice Robert French, formerly a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. Chief Justice French, whose appointment was announced on July 30, 2008, replaced Chief Justice Murray Gleeson, who retired on August 31, 2008. [http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/08/31/2020115.htm?section=australia "Callinan retires from High Court"] , Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 31 August, 2007. Accessed 31 August, 2007.]

List of Justices


* Albert Piddington resigned from the High Court before being sworn in. He never sat on the High Court bench.

Current Justices

Composition of the High Court

This chart illustrates the composition of the High Court. It indicates the seven seats of the court, and who has occupied each seat at different points in the court's existence. The red portions represent the future part of a judge's term, and show the date at which they are bound to retire from the court (although they may choose to retire before that date). The blue portions of a judge's term show a period in which that judge was Chief Justice.

References

ee also

* High Court of Australia
* List of Justices of the High Court of Australia by time in office
* List of Chief Justices of Australia by time in office
* List of jurists

External links

* [http://www.hcourt.gov.au High Court of Australia - Official Website]


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