Gregory Garde

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Major General the Honourable Justice Gregory Howard "Greg" Garde AO, RFD, QC is a senior Australian lawyer and Army officer. His positions and appointments have included Queen's Counsel, Supreme Court Justice, President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and membership of various boards of directors.

Early years[edit]

Garde was born in 1949 and attended Scotch College (Melbourne) and the University of Melbourne.[1] His father, John Garde, and uncle, Bruce Garde, were both practicing solicitors "for some 50 years".[2]

Legal career[edit]

Garde has a BA (Hons), LLB(Hons) (1972) and LLM (1975).[3] He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1989,[4] a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria on 29 May 2012, and President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on 1 June 2012.[2][5] He has also been elected President of the Council of Australasian Tribunals – Victorian Chapter and a Director of the Judicial College of Victoria.[6]

Garde is the fourth General to become a Victorian judge, and the second General to become a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.[7]

Military career[edit]

Garde joined the Melbourne University Regiment in 1967.[4] After he was commissioned into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps as a Lieutenant, he served on a period of full-time duty with the Pacific Islands Regiment in Papua New Guinea. He was later posted to Monash University Regiment in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he was Commanding Officer of Monash University Regiment and later on transferring from the Royal Australian Infantry Corps to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, he was appointed by the Chief of the General Staff as the Commanding Officer of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment.[2] Following promotion to Brigadier he commanded the 4th Brigade and was later appointed as the Director-General Reserves (Army). From 2001 to 2004, as a Major General, he served as Chief of Reserves and Head of Reserve Policy, the highest position for a reserve officer in the Australian Defence Force.[4]

He was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM), 26 January 1996, "For exceptional service to the Army Reserve",[8] and Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), 26 January 2005, "For distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force Reserves, in particular as the Assistant Chief of the Defence Force (Reserves) and Head Reserve Policy".[9]

Board memberships[edit]

Defence Health[5]
  • Appointed to the Board in April 2004
  • Chairman of the Board since October 2011
  • Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee

Family[edit]

Justice Garde's daughter Catherine is a barrister in Western Australia.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who's who of Australia, 2008 edition, p. 809 
  2. ^ a b c Reynah Tang (13 June 2012). "Welcome to the Honourable Justice Gregory Garde". Law Institute Victoria. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Alumni achievements". Alumni and Melbourne Law School news. 2012. p. 16. 
  4. ^ a b c Attorney-General (29 May 2012). "New Supreme Court judge and VCAT President appointed". Media Release. Premier's Department, Victoria.  (pdf)
  5. ^ a b "Board of Directors". Defence Health. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Alumni of the 1960s and 1970s: where are they now?". Alumni and Melbourne Law School news. 2012. p. 19. 
  7. ^ The other three Generals who became judges are: Chief Justice LTGEN Sir Edmund Herring; County Court Judge MAJGEN Norman Vickery, and MAJGEN Richard Treacy, Justice of the Federal Court in the Victorian Registry. Source: Tang (2012)
  8. ^ "Member of the Order of Australia (AM)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 1996. 
  9. ^ "Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 2005. 

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