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When was the first female Chief Justice?
List of the first women appointed to Australian judicial positions
|first woman to be appointed
|Judge of the Industrial Court
|14 April 1980
|Chief Judge of the District Court
|Judge of the District Court
|25 November 2003
Who appointed susan Kiefel to the High Court?
Sir Peter Cosgrove
|The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC
|Sir Peter Cosgrove
|Justice of the High Court of Australia
Who was appointed as Chief Justice of the High Court following the retirement of his Honour Robert French in 2016?
Susan Kiefel has been named Australia’s first female High Court chief justice – ending 113 years of men leading the nation’s highest court. After months of speculation about who would replace retiring chief Robert French, the Turnbull government appointed serving High Court Justice Kiefel to the role on Tuesday.
Who are the seven justices currently sitting on the High Court of Australia?
About the Justices
- Chief Justice Kiefel AC, 3 September 2007.
- Justice Gageler AC, 9 October 2012.
- Justice Keane AC, 5th March 2013.
- Justice Gordon AC, 9 June 2015.
- Justice Edelman, 30 January 2017.
- Justice Steward, 1 December 2020.
- Justice Gleeson, 1 March 2021.
Who is the highest judge in Australia?
The Chief Justice of Australia
The Chief Justice of Australia is the presiding Justice of the High Court of Australia and the highest-ranking judicial officer in the Commonwealth of Australia….
|Chief Justice of Australia
|Incumbent Susan Kiefel, AC since 30 January 2017
|Prime Minister of Australia
What is the age of retirement for high court justices?
In 1977 the Constitution Alteration (Retirement of Judges) Act was proclaimed, ending the life tenure of High Court Justices. The Act required that all Justices appointed from then on must retire on attaining the age of 70 years.
What is the age of retirement for High Court justices?
How many female judges are there in Australia?
In 2017 there were 53 female and 95 male Commonwealth judges and justices. Male Federal Court Justices/Judges outnumber female Justices/Judges by three to one (76% compared with 24%), however proportions of High Court Justices are much closer to parity (57% and 43% respectively).
Where did Susan Kiefel go to high school?
Kiefel was born in Cairns, Queensland in 1954. She attended Sandgate District State High School, leaving at the age of 15 upon completing Year 10. In 1971, she completed secretarial training at Kangaroo Point Technical College on a scholarship.
When was Susan Kiefel appointed to the Federal Court?
In May 1993, Kiefel was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland. The following year she was appointed by the Keating Government to the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island and was one of the first women to be appointed to the Federal Court of Australia on 17 October 1994, after Justice Deirdre O’Connor.
When did Susan Kiefel get an honorary doctorate?
In August 2009, Justice Kiefel was granted an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University. Justice Kiefel was chosen to recognise her distinguished contributions to the legal profession and for leading the way for women in the industry.
When did Susan Kiefel become a Companion of the Order of Australia?
On 13 June 2011, she was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the law and to the judiciary, to law reform and to legal education in the areas of ethics, justice and governance.