Justices of the High Court

There are 7 Justices of the High Court of Australia.

Justices are appointed by the Federal Government, on advice to the Governor-General.

Since the constitutional amendment of 1977, Justices are required to retire when they turn 70.

The Current Court

Justices of the Australian High Court – Current
No. Name State Date
Began
PM
at time
of appt.
Party in Govt
at time
of appt.
Retires
1.
Susan Kiefel
(Chief Justice)
QLD
03-09-2007
Howard
Liberal
17-01-2024
2.
Virginia Bell
NSW
03-02-2009
Rudd
ALP
07-03-2021
3.
Stephen Gageler
NSW
09-10-2012
Gillard
ALP
05-07-2028
4.
Patrick Keane
QLD
05-03-2013
Gillard
ALP
26-10-2022
5.
Geoffrey Nettle
VIC
03-02-2015
Abbott
Liberal
02-12-2020
6.
Michelle Gordon
VIC
09-06-2015
Abbott
Liberal
18-11-2034
7.
James Edelman
WA
30-01-2017
Turnbull
Liberal
09-01-2044

Chief Justices

Chief Justices of the Australian High Court
No. Name State Dates PM
at time of
appt.
Party in Govt
at time of
appt.
1.
Sir Samuel Griffith
QLD
1903-1919 Deakin Protectionist
2.
Sir Adrian Knox
NSW
1919-1930 Hughes Nationalist
3.
Sir Isaac Isaacs
VIC
1930-1931
first appt 1906
Scullin
Deakin
ALP
Protectionist
4.
Sir Frank Gavan Duffy
VIC
1931-1935
first appt 1913
Scullin
Fisher
ALP
ALP
5.
Sir John Latham
VIC
1935-1952 Lyons UAP
6.
Sir Owen Dixon
VIC
1952-1964
first appt 1929
Menzies
Bruce
Liberal
Nationalist
7.
Sir Garfield Barwick
NSW
1964-1981 Menzies Liberal
8.
Sir Harry Gibbs
QLD
1981-1987
first appt 1970
Fraser
Gorton
Liberal
Liberal
9.
Sir Anthony Mason
NSW
1987-1995
first appt 1972
Hawke
McMahon
ALP
Liberal
10.
Sir Gerard Brennan
QLD
1995-1998
first appt 1981
Keating
Fraser
ALP
Liberal
11.
Murray Gleeson
NSW
1998-2008 Howard Liberal
12.
Robert French
WA
2008-2017 Rudd ALP
13.
Susan Kiefel
QLD
30-01-17 –
first appt 2007
Turnbull Liberal

Justices – Complete List

Justices of the Australian High Court – Complete List
No. Name State Dates PM at time
of appt.
Party in Govt
at time of
appt.
1.
Sir Samuel Griffith CJ
QLD
1903-1919 Deakin Protectionist
2.
Edmund Barton
NSW
1903-1920 Deakin Protectionist
3.
Richard Edward O’Connor
NSW
1903-1912 Deakin Protectionist
4.
Sir Isaac Isaacs CJ
VIC
1906-31
(CJ 1930-31)
Deakin Protectionist
5.
Henry Bournes Higgins
VIC
1906-1929 Deakin Protectionist
6.
Sir Frank Gavan Duffy CJ
VIC
1913-1935
(CJ 1931-35)
Fisher ALP
7.
Sir Charles Powers
QLD
1913-1929 Fisher ALP
8.
Albert Bathurst Piddington
resigned before taking up appointment
NSW
1913-1913 Fisher ALP
9.
Sir George Rich
NSW
1913-1950 Fisher ALP
10.
Sir Adrian Knox CJ
NSW
1919-1930 Hughes Nationalist
11.
Sir Hayden Starke
VIC
1920-1950 Hughes Nationalist
12.
Sir Owen Dixon CJ
VIC
1929-1964
(CJ 1952-64)
Bruce Nationalist
13.
Herbert Vere Evatt
NSW
1930-1940 Scullin ALP
14.
Sir Edward McTiernan
NSW
1930-1976 Scullin ALP
15.
Sir John Latham CJ
VIC
1935-1952 Lyons UAP
16.
Sir Dudley Williams
NSW
1940-1958 Menzies UAP
17.
Sir William Webb
QLD
1946-1958 Chifley ALP
18.
Sir Willfred Fullagar
VIC
1950-1961 Menzies Liberal
19.
Sir Frank Kitto
NSW
1950-1970 Menzies Liberal
20.
Sir Alan Taylor
NSW
1952-1969 Menzies Liberal
21.
Sir Douglas Menzies
VIC
1958-1974 Menzies Liberal
22.
Sir Victor Windeyer
NSW
1958-1972 Menzies Liberal
23.
Sir William Owen
NSW
1961-1972 Menzies Liberal
24.
Sir Garfield Barwick CJ
NSW
1964-1981 Menzies Liberal
25.
Sir Cyril Walsh
NSW
1969-1973 Gorton Liberal
26.
Sir Harry Gibbs
QLD
1970-1981
(CJ 1981-87)
Gorton Liberal
27.
Sir Ninian Stephen
VIC
1972-1982 McMahon Liberal
28.
Sir Anthony Mason CJ
NSW
1972-95
(CJ 1987-95)
McMahon Liberal
29.
Sir Kenneth Jacobs
NSW
1974-1979 Whitlam ALP
30.
Lionel Keith Murphy
NSW
1975-1986 Whitlam ALP
31.
Sir Keith Aickin
VIC
1976-1982 Fraser Liberal
32.
Sir Ronald Wilson
WA
1979-1989 Fraser Liberal
33.
Sir Gerard Brennan CJ
QLD
1981-1998
(CJ 1995-98)
Fraser Liberal
34.
Sir William Deane
NSW
1982-1996 Fraser Liberal
35.
Sir Daryl Dawson
VIC
1982-1997 Fraser Liberal
36.
John Leslie Toohey
WA
1987-1998 Hawke ALP
37.
Mary Genevieve Gaudron
NSW
1987-2003 Hawke ALP
38.
Michael Hudson McHugh
NSW
1989-2005 Hawke ALP
39.
William Gummow
NSW
21-4-1995 – 9-10-2012 Keating ALP
40.
Michael Kirby
NSW
1996-2009 Keating ALP
41.
Kenneth Hayne
VIC
22-09-97 –
04-06-15
Howard Liberal
42.
Ian Callinan
QLD
1998-2007 Howard Liberal
43.
Murray Gleeson CJ
NSW
1998-2008 Howard Liberal
44.
John Dyson Heydon
NSW
11-02-03 –
01-03-13
Howard Liberal
45.
Susan Crennan
VIC
08-11-05 –
02-02-15
Howard Liberal
46.
Susan Kiefel
QLD
2007- Howard Liberal
47.
Robert French CJ
WA
2008- Rudd ALP
48.
Virginia Bell
NSW
2009- Rudd ALP
49.
Stephen Gageler
NSW
9-10-2012 – Gillard ALP
50.
Patrick Keane
QLD
05-03-13 – Gillard ALP
51.
Geoffrey Nettle
VIC
03-02-15 – Abbott Liberal
52.
Michelle Gordon
VIC
09-06-15 – Abbott Liberal
53.
James Edelman
WA
30-01-17 – Turnbull Liberal


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