Brian Ross Martin

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The Honourable
Brian Martin
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
In office
Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia
In office
23 February 1999 – 27 January 2004
Chief Justice of the Northern Territory
In office
27 January 2004 – 2010
Preceded by Brian Frank Martin
Succeeded by Trevor Riley
Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
In office
February 2012 – November 2012
Personal details
Born Brian Ross Martin
(1947-09-02) 2 September 1947 (age 67)
Adelaide, South Australia
Citizenship Australian
Alma mater University of Adelaide
Profession Lawyer

Brian Ross Martin AO QC (born 2 September 1947) is an Australian jurist. He was a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia before being appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in 2004. He served in the Northern Territory between 2004 and 2010. He served as an acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2012.


Martin was born in Adelaide and was educated at the Oakbank Area School and the Adelaide High School before studying at the University of Adelaide.

Legal career[edit]

He was admitted to practice law in 1970, becoming an assistant Crown Prosecutor in Adelaide in 1974 and eventually the Senior Crown Prosecutor in 1982.

Martin was appointed as a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1984 and in 1991 was appointed as Senior Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into WA Inc.

Martin was appointed as the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in 1997 a position he held until taking up his appointment as a Judge of the South Australian Supreme Court.

He was sworn in as the Northern Territory's fifth Chief Justice on 27 January 2004 following the retirement of Brian Frank Martin.

Justice Martin was the trial judge for the trial of R v Murdoch, which commenced with a voir dire in April 2005 and the trial proper began on 17 October 2005, and was completed with a verdict of guilty on 13 December 2005.

In February 2012, Brian Martin was sworn in as an Acting Judge of the Western Australian Supreme Court, to preside over the trial of Lloyd Rayney, who was charged with the murder of his wife Corryn Rayney in August 2007.[1] Martin delivered his verdict in November 2012 [2]

Other interests[edit]

Martin played 63 games, kicking 68 goals for Sturt Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). He played in two SANFL premierships for the Double Blues.[3] He was a Director of the Adelaide Crows Football Club from 1994 to 1998 and was Chairman of the Westminster School Council from 1988 to 1996.


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  3. ^ Reporter: Mike Sexton (17 October 2003). "Adelaide's Brian Martin Now Chief Justice of the Northern Territory". Stateline. Transcript. ABC TV. 

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Preceded by
Brian Frank Martin
Chief Justice of the Northern Territory
Succeeded by
Trevor Riley