The federal government has appointed the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, Patrick Keane, to the High Court.
The Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, made the announcement today. Keane will be the 50th person appointed to the High Court.
Keane will replace Justice John Dyson Heydon on March 1 next year. He is the Rudd-Gillard government’s fourth appointment to the seven-member court. He is 60 years old and will serve a maximum ten years on the court.
James Allsop will replace Keane as Chief Justice of the Federal Court. Allsop has been a Justice of the NSW Court of Appeal since 2008.
Keane is the Gillard government’s second appointment in the past few months. Stephen Gageler was appointed in October.
- Listen to Nicola Roxon’s press conference announcement (24m)
Media release by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.
New High Court Justice and Federal Court Chief Justice
I am very pleased to announce that on the recommendation of the Government, the Governor-General Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC CVO has today appointed the Honourable Patrick Keane as Australia’s new Justice of the High Court of Australia, and the Honourable James Allsop as the next Chief Justice of the Federal Court.
Chief Justice Keane currently heads the Federal Court of Australia. He will be the 50th person appointed to the High Court since Federation.
Chief Justice Keane’s appointment will follow the retirement of the Honourable Justice John Dyson Heydon AC on 1 March 2013 after 10 years of dedicated service on the Court. [Read more...]