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Famous Judges from Australia

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List of notable or famous judges from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top judges born in Australia and even some popular judges who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian judges then this list is the perfect resource for you. These judges are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known judge from Australia is included when available.

List contains people like Michael Kirby and Leycester Meares.

This historic judges from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian judges of note?" and "Who are the most famous judges from Australia?" These prominent judges of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian judges.

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    Michael Kirby
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    Michael Donald Kirby AC, CMG is an Australian jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. He has remained active in retirement: in May 2013 he was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to lead an inquiry into human rights abuses ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Barrister, Jurist, Solicitor, Lawyer
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    Susan Crennan is an Australian judge.more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
    • Profession: Judge
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    Richard White

    Richard Weeks White is a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Judge
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    Greg James

    Gregory Reginald "Greg" James AM QC is a former Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He is one of the youngest Queen's Counsel ever appointed in New South Wales, appointed in 1982. He was one of several counsel involved in the Bathurst Gaol Riots of 1970, as well as Lead Counsel for the ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Profession: Judge
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    The Honourable [Charles] Leycester Devenish Meares AC CMG QC was an Australian judge, patron of the arts and chairman and benefactor of the national child safety organisation Kidsafe.more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1909-1994)
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Barrister, Solicitor
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    Percy Spender
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    Sir Percy Claude Spender, KCVO, KBE, QC, was an Australian politician, diplomat and jurist.more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1897-1985)
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Politician, Diplomat
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    Albert Piddington
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    Albert Bathurst Piddington was the shortest serving Justice of the High Court of Australia, never actually sitting at the bench. Appointed on 6 March 1913, he resigned on 5 April after opponents questioned his independence.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1862-1945)
    • Birthplace: Bathurst, Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Politician, Lawyer
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    Major General Sir William John Victor Windeyer KBE, CB, DSO & Bar, KC was an Australian judge, soldier, educator, and a Justice of the High Court of Australia.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1900-1987)
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Soldier, Educator
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    John Dyson Heydon AC QC is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy.more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
    • Profession: Judge, Professor, Lawyer
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    John Latham
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    Sir John Greig Latham GCMG KC was an Australian judge and politician who served as fifth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia for seventeen years, from 1935 to 1952.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1877-1964)
    • Birthplace: Ascot Vale, Australia
    • Profession: Judge
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    Sir Alan James Mansfield KCMG KCVO was Governor of Queensland, Australia between 1966 and 1972.more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1902-1980)
    • Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
    • Profession: College Administrator, Judge, Lawyer
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    The Honourable Horton Clement Williams QC is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia.more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Barrister, Solicitor
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    John Davies
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    John Griffith Davies is an Australian breaststroke swimmer of the 1940s and 1950s who won a gold medal in the 200-metre breaststroke at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. After retiring from competition swimming, he became a prominent lawyer in California, and after becoming a naturalized American, ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Lawyer, Swimmer
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    Herbert Raine Curlewis was an Australian Judge and writer.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1869-1942)
    • Birthplace: Bondi, Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Barrister
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    Sir Ronald Darling Wilson, AC KBE CMG QC was a distinguished Australian lawyer, judge and social activist serving on the High Court of Australia between 1979 and 1989 and as the President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission between 1990 and 1997. Wilson is probably best known as the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1922-2005)
    • Birthplace: Geraldton
    • Profession: Judge, Author, Social activist, Lawyer
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    Edward McTiernan
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    Sir Edward Aloysius McTiernan, KBE, was an Australian jurist, lawyer and politician. He served as an Australian Labor Party member of both the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and federal House of Representatives before being appointed to the High Court of Australia in 1930. He sat on many ...more

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    • Age: Died at 98 (1892-1990)
    • Birthplace: New South Wales, Australasia, Glen Innes, Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Politician, Lawyer
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    George Fletcher Moore
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    George Fletcher Moore was a prominent early settler in colonial Western Australia, and "one [of] the key figures in early Western Australia's ruling elite". He conducted a number of exploring expeditions; was responsible for one of the earliest published records of the language of the Australian ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1798-1886)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Donemana, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Judge, Barrister, Writer
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    Wayne Stewart Martin AC, QC is the current Chief Justice of Western Australia. He was formally appointed on 1 May 2006. Martin is also the Lieutenant-Governor of Western Australia, having been sworn in on 9 October 2009. In that role, he has served as Administrator of the State on two occasions when the ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Profession: Judge, Lawyer
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    Percy Storkey
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    Percy Valentine Storkey VC was a New Zealand-born Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1891-1969)
    • Birthplace: Napier, New Zealand
    • Profession: Judge, Soldier
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    William Webb
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    Sir William Flood Webb KBE was a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. He was President of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East after the end of World War II.more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1887-1972)
    • Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
    • Profession: Judge, Lawyer
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