Chief Justice of New South Wales

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The Chief Justice of New South Wales is the senior judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the highest-ranking judicial officer in the Australian state of New South Wales. The Chief Justice is both the judicial head of the Supreme Court as well as the administrative head. He or she is responsible for arranging the business of the court and establishing its rules and procedures.

The current Chief Justice is Tom Bathurst, who was appointed by Governor Marie Bashir to succeed Jim Spigelman, effective 1 June 2011.

List of Chief Justices of New South Wales[edit]

No. Image Chief Justice Term of Office Governor appointed
1 Francis Forbes.jpg Sir Francis Forbes 13 October 1823 - 1 July 1837 Sir Thomas Brisbane
2 James Dowling.jpg Sir James Dowling 30 August 1833 - 27 September 1844 Sir Richard Bourke
3 Alfred Stephen.jpg Sir Alfred Stephen 7 October 1844 - 6 November 1873 Sir George Gipps
4 Justice James Martin.jpg Sir James Martin 19 November 1873 - 4 November 1886 Lord Rosmead
5 Julian Salomons.jpg Sir Julian Salomons 12 November 1886 - 27 November 1886 The Marquess Lincolnshire
6 Darley1.jpg Sir Frederick Darley 29 November 1886 - 4 January 1910 The Marquess Lincolnshire
7 SirWilliamPortusCullen.jpg Sir William Cullen 28 January 1910 - 27 January 1925 The Viscount Chelmsford
8 Sir Philip Street 28 January 1925 - 31 January 1934 Sir Dudley de Chair
9 Sir Frederick Jordan 1 February 1934 - 4 November 1949 Sir Dudley de Chair
10 Kenneth street.jpg Sir Kenneth Street 6 January 1950 - 27 January 1960 Sir John Northcott
11 EvattALP.jpg Herbert Evatt 15 February 1960 - 24 October 1962 Sir Eric Woodward
12 Sir Leslie Herron 25 October 1962 - 22 May 1972 Sir Eric Woodward
13 Sir John Kerr 23 May 1972 - 27 June 1974 Sir Roden Cutler
14 Sir Laurence Street 28 June 1974 - 1 November 1988 Sir Roden Cutler
15 Gleeson photo.jpg Murray Gleeson 2 November 1988 - 31 March 1998 Sir James Rowland
16 Jj spigelman.jpg James Spigelman 19 May 1998 - 31 May 2011 Gordon Samuels
17 Tom Bathurst 1 June 2011 – present Marie Bashir

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