List of judges of the Federal Court of Australia

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This is a list of Judges who have served on the Federal Court of Australia.

In addition to their judicial service, six judges of the Federal Court have also been elected to the Parliament of Australia: Nigel Bowen, Robert Ellicott, Merv Everett, Tony Whitlam, John Reeves and Duncan Kerr. All were elected prior to their appointment to the bench.

Additionally, two judges of the Federal Court have served in state Parliaments: Bernard Riley, formerly of the New South Wales Legislative Council, and Howard Olney, formerly of the Western Australian Legislative Council.

Chief Justices[edit]

Name Term as Chief Justice
Sir Nigel Bowen 20 December 1976 – 31 December 1990
Michael Black 1 January 1991 – 21 March 2010
Patrick Keane 22 March 2010 – 28 February 2013
James Allsop 1 March 2013 – present

Judges (including Chief Justices)[edit]

Name Term as Judge
Sir Nigel Bowen 20 December 1976 – 31 December 1990
Sir Richard Blackburn 1 February 1977 – 31 March 1985
Gerard Brennan 1 February 1977 – 12 February 1981
Xavier Connor 1 February 1977 – 17 March 1982
Phillip Evatt 1 February 1977 – 28 February 1987
Sir William Forster 1 February 1977 – 31 January 1989
Robert Franki 1 February 1977 – 5 August 1986
Russell Fox 1 February 1977 – 31 March 1989
John Keely 1 February 1977 – 29 February 1996
James Muirhead 1 February 1977 – 4 August 1986
Sir John Nimmo 1 February 1977 – 30 June 1980
Ray Northrop 1 February 1977 – 31 August 1998
Bernard Riley 1 February 1977 – 4 August 1978
Sir Reginald Smithers 1 February 1977 – 30 September 1986
Robert St John 1 February 1977 – 31 March 1985
Charles Sweeney 1 February 1977 – 29 June 1995
John Sweeney 1 February 1977 – 7 May 1981
Richard Ward 1 February 1977 – 24 November 1977
Sir Edward Woodward 1 February 1977 – 31 July 1990
William Deane 1 April 1977 – 26 July 1982
John Toohey 4 April 1977 – 31 December 1986
Douglas McGregor 7 November 1977 – 14 November 1985
Francis Fisher 6 March 1978 – 31 July 1989
John Gallop 11 March 1978 – 30 July 2000
Daryl Davies 17 May 1978 – 31 August 1998
John Lockhart 30 October 1978 – 11 June 1999
Ian Sheppard 9 December 1979 – 23 May 1997
John Kelly 11 March 1980 – 1 July 1990
Trevor Morling 11 February 1981 – 1 February 1993
Robert Ellicott 2 March 1981 – 24 February 1983
Gerald Fitzgerald 25 November 1981 – 30 June 1984
Ken Jenkinson 1 November 1982 – 5 June 1997
Alan Neaves 11 March 1983 – 8 January 1995
Michael Kirby 30 March 1983 – 23 September 1984
Bryan Beaumont 30 May 1983 – 11 February 2005
Murray Wilcox 11 May 1984 – 2 October 2006
Peter Gray 17 May 1984 – present
Jeffrey Spender 17 May 1984 – 19 July 2010
Merv Everett 27 June 1984 – 4 October 1987
Bill Pincus 25 March 1985 – 16 December 1991
James Burchett 3 June 1985 – 10 October 2000
Jeffrey Miles 18 June 1985 – 30 September 2002
David Jackson 15 November 1985 – 26 May 1987
Donnell Ryan 29 September 1986 – 2 June 2011
William Gummow 24 November 1986 – 20 April 1995
Robert French 25 November 1986 – 1 September 2008
Marcus Einfeld 18 December 1986 – 16 April 2001
Trevor Hartigan 13 August 1987 – 24 April 1990
Michael Foster 2 November 1987 – 26 November 1998
Alastair Nicholson 1 February 1988 – 31 May 2004
Malcolm Lee 15 February 1988 – 1 May 2006
Howard Olney 21 May 1988 – 30 April 2003
John von Doussa 1 December 1988 – 15 August 2003
Graham Hill 1 February 1989 – 24 August 2005
Deirdre O'Connor 1 Ju1y 1990 – 5 March 2002
John Phillips 14 August 1990 – 17 December 1991
Maurice O'Loughlin 1 August 1989 – 28 January 2003
Terence Higgins 1 July 1990 – present
Peter Heerey 17 December 1990 – 16 February 2009
Michael Black 1 January 1991 – present
Doug Drummond 2 December 1991 – 12 April 2003
Richard Cooper 30 March 1992 – 14 March 2005
Margaret Beazley 1 January 1993 – 28 April 1996
Tony Whitlam 1 January 1993 – 1 May 2005
Christopher Carr 13 December 1993 – 1 August 2004
Michael Moore 28 March 1994 – 1 August 2011
Catherine Branson 16 May 1994 – 13 October 2008
Jane Mathews 4 July 1994 – 6 April 2001
Kevin Lindgren 26 July 1994 – 12 February 2010
Brian Tamberlin 29 August 1994 – 30 March 2009
Ronald Sackville 19 September 1994 – 25 August 2008
Susan Kiefel 17 October 1994 – 3 September 2007
Robert Nicholson 1 January 1995 – 7 August 2007
Paul Finn 3 July 1995 – 4 July 2012
Ross Sundberg 10 July 1995 – 9 August 2010
Shane Marshall 17 July 1995 – present
John Lehane 3 October 1995 – 10 September 2001
Rodney Madgwick 3 October 1995 – 21 April 2008
Anthony North 3 October 1995 – present
Ron Merkel 5 February 1996 – 15 May 2006
John Mansfield 2 September 1996 – present
Arthur Emmett 3 February 1997 – present
Alan Goldberg 3 February 1997 – 4 July 2010
Raymond Finkelstein 21 July 1997 – 1 July 2011
Geoffrey Giudice 17 September 1997 – 28 February 2012
Mark Weinberg 15 July 1998 – 19 July 2008
John Dowsett 14 September 1998 – present
Leslie Katz 30 September 1998 – 21 March 2002
Peter Hely 2 October 1998 – 1 October 2005
Susan Kenny 16 October 1998 – present
Roger Gyles 11 June 1999 – 22 August 2008
Richard Conti 15 August 2000 – 15 August 2007
Margaret Stone 9 October 2000 – present
James Allsop 7 May 2001 – 2 June 2008
Garry Downes 2 April 2002 – 15 May 2012
Peter Jacobson 17 June 2002 – present
Bradley Selway 18 November 2002 – 10 April 2005
Annabelle Bennett 5 May 2003 – present
Bruce Lander 14 July 2003 – present
Susan Crennan 3 February 2004 – 1 November 2005
Antony Siopis 14 April 2005 – present
Richard Edmonds 5 May 2005 – present
Peter Graham 24 May 2005 – 6 September 2010
Andrew Greenwood 4 August 2005 – present
John Young 30 November 2005 – 24 January 2007
Steven Rares 2 February 2006 – present
Berna Collier 8 February 2006 – present
Dennis Cowdroy 13 March 2006 – present
Anthony Besanko 3 April 2006 – present
Christopher Jessup 23 June 2006 – present
Richard Tracey 24 July 2006 – present
John Middleton 7 August 2006 – present
Robert Buchanan 8 September 2006 – present
John Gilmour 11 December 2006 – present
Michelle Gordon 20 April 2007 – present
John Logan 27 September 2007 – present
Geoffrey Flick 15 October 2007 – present
Neil McKerracher 15 October 2007 – present
John Reeves 15 October 2007 – present
Nye Perram 8 August 2008 – present
Jayne Jagot 3 September 2008 – present
Lindsay Foster 4 September 2008 – present
Michael Barker 9 February 2009 – present
John Nicholas 16 November 2009 – present
David Yates 30 November 2009 – present
Mordecai Bromberg 7 December 2009 – present
Julie Dodds-Streeton 1 February 2010 – present
Anna Katzmann 1 February 2010 – present
Alan Robertson 18 April 2011 – present
Bernard Murphy 13 June 2011 – present
Iain Ross 1 March 2012 – present
John Griffiths 24 April 2012 – present
Duncan Kerr 10 May 2012 – present

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