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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.

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Michael Kirby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 79 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 ...more

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Susan Crennan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 72 Susan Crennan is an Australian judge.

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Richard White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Richard White age 63 Richard Weeks White is a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

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Greg James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Greg James age 73 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 ...more

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Leycester Meares is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 85 (1909-1994) 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.

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Percy Spender is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 88 (1897-1985) Sir Percy Claude Spender, KCVO, KBE, QC, was an Australian politician, diplomat and jurist.

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Albert Piddington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 83 (1862-1945) 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 ...more

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Victor Windeyer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 87 (1900-1987) 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.

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Dyson Heydon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 75 John Dyson Heydon AC QC is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy.

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John Latham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 87 (1877-1964) 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.

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Alan Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 78 (1902-1980) Sir Alan James Mansfield KCMG KCVO was Governor of Queensland, Australia between 1966 and 1972.

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Horton Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 84 The Honourable Horton Clement Williams QC is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

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John Davies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 88 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 ...more

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Herbert Curlewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 73 (1869-1942) Herbert Raine Curlewis was an Australian Judge and writer.

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Ronald Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 83 (1922-2005) 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 ...more

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Edward McTiernan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 98 (1892-1990) 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 ...more

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George Fletcher Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 88 (1798-1886) 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 ...more

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Wayne Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 65 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 ...more

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Percy Storkey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 78 (1891-1969) 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 ...more

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William Webb is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 85 (1887-1972) 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 ...more

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Jennifer Coate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Jennifer Coate is an Australian jurist. Coate is a Judge of the Family Court of Australia and one of the six Royal Commissioners appointed by the Australian government Royal Commission into ...more

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Lionel Murphy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 64 (1922-1986) Lionel Keith Murphy, QC was an Australian politician and jurist, who served as Attorney-General in the government of Gough Whitlam and as a Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1975 until ...more

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Isaac Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 93 (1855-1948) Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs GCB GCMG KC was an Australian judge and politician who served as the 3rd Chief Justice of Australia and the 9th, and first Australian-born, Governor-General. He had ...more

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Ninian Stephen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 94 Sir Ninian Martin Stephen KG, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, QC is an Australian jurist, who served as a Justice in the High Court of Australia before being appointed the 20th Governor-General of

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H. V. Evatt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 71 (1894-1965) Dr Herbert Vere Evatt, QC KStJ, usually known as H. V. Evatt, was an Australian judge, lawyer, parliamentarian and writer. Evatt was the Chief Justice of New South Wales from 1960 to 1962, the ...more

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John Kerr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 77 (1914-1991) Sir John Robert Kerr AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC was the 18th Governor-General of Australia. He dismissed the Labor government of Gough Whitlam on 11 November 1975, marking the climax of the most ...more

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David Malcolm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 79 David Kingsley Malcolm, AC, QC was the Chief Justice of Western Australia from May 1988 until his retirement from the bench in February 2006. He was also an expatriate justice of the Supreme ...more

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David Kirby is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 74 David Kirby was a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and brother of former High Court judge Michael Kirby.

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William à Beckett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 63 (1806-1869) Sir William à Beckett was a British barrister and the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

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Elizabeth Evatt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 84 Elizabeth Andreas Evatt, AC, an eminent Australian reformist lawyer and jurist who sat on numerous national and international tribunals and commissions, was the first Chief Judge of the Family ...more

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Lex Lasry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 69 Lex Lasry QC is a prominent Australian lawyer and a judge in the Supreme Court of Victoria, in the Australian state of Victoria.

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Cyril Walsh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 64 (1909-1973) Sir Cyril Ambrose Walsh KBE, Australian judge, was a Justice of the High Court of Australia. Walsh was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the son of Michael and Mary Walsh. He grew up in the ...more

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Terry Connolly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 49 (1958-2007) Terence Connolly was an Australian politician and judge.

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Tony Whitlam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 74 Antony Philip Whitlam QC is an Australian lawyer who has served as a politician and judge. He is the son of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Margaret Whitlam.

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Samuel Griffith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 75 (1845-1920) Sir Samuel Walker Griffith GCMG, QC, was an Australian politician, Premier of Queensland, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, and a principal author of the Constitution of Australia.

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Marilyn Warren is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 67 Marilyn Louise Warren, AC, QC is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Lieutenant Governor of Victoria, Australia.

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John Jefferson Bray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 83 (1912-1995) The Honourable Dr John Jefferson Bray, AC was an Australian lawyer, academic and published poet, and from 1967-1978 served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

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Leslie Herron is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 71 (1902-1973) Sir Leslie James Herron, KBE, CMG, KStJ was a prominent Australian barrister, judge, chief justice and lieutenant governor of New South Wales. Biographer Martha Rutledge describes him as being ...more

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George Kerferd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 58 (1831-1889) George Briscoe Kerferd, Australian colonial politician, was the 10th Premier of Victoria. Kerferd was born in Liverpool, the son of G. B. Kerferd, a merchant Kerferd was educated at the ...more

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John Wylde is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 78 (1781-1859) Sir John Wylde was Chief Justice of the Cape Colony, Cape of Good Hope and a judge of the Supreme Court of the colony of New South Wales born at Warwick Square, Newgate Street, London.

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Philip Whistler Street is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 75 (1863-1938) Sir Philip Whistler Street KCMG was the eighth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Street was a distinguished lawyer, patron of many benevolent institutions and also the ...more

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Norman Ewing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 58 (1870-1928) Norman Kirkwood Ewing, Australian politician, was a member of three parliaments: the Western Australian Legislative Assembly, the Australian Senate, and the Tasmanian House of Assembly. He ...more

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Carolyn Simpson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 72 Carolyn Chalmers Simpson is a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Simpson made legal history in 1999 as one of three women judges who formed the first all-female bench to sit in an ...more

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Garfield Barwick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
Dec. at 94 (1903-1997) Sir Garfield Edward John Barwick, AK GCMG QC was the Attorney-General of Australia, Minister for External Affairs and the seventh and longest serving Chief Justice of Australia. He was an ad hoc ...more

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Alex Chernov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 79 Alex Chernov AC, QC is an Australian jurist and the current Governor of Victoria.

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James Gobbo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 87 Sir James Augustine Gobbo AC, CVO, QC is a retired Australian jurist and was the 25th Governor of Victoria.

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Mary Gaudron is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 75 Mary Genevieve Gaudron, QC, Australian lawyer and judge, was the first female Justice of the High Court of Australia.

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Angus Talbot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 81 Robert Neville Talbot is an Australian lawyer and barrister. He is a retired Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales and the immediate past Chairman of the Executive Committee ...more

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Anthony Mason is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 92 Anthony Frank Mason, Australian judge, was the ninth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia 1987-95, sitting on the bench of the High Court from 1972 to 1995.

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Diana Bryant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Judges from Australia
age 70 Diana Bryant AO QC is an Australian jurist. She was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia on 5 July 2004.