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)[1][2][edit]

Name Appointment Date Departure Date 70th Birthday[3]
Bowen AC KBE, Sir Nigel 20 December 1976 31 December 1990 26 May 1981
Blackburn OBE, Sir Richard Arthur 1 February 1977 31 March 1985 26 July 1988
Brennan AC KBE, Francis Gerard 1 February 1977 12 February 1981 22 May 1998
Connor AO QC, Xavier Francis L. 1 February 1977 17 March 1982 12 December 1987
Evatt DSC, Phillip George 1 February 1977 28 February 1987
Forster, Sir William Edward Stanley 1 February 1977 31 January 1989 15 June 1991
Franki, Robert James Anning 1 February 1977 5 August 1986
Fox AC QC, Russell Walter 1 February 1977 31 March 1989
Keely QC, John Augustine 1 February 1977 29 February 1996
Muirhead, James Henry 1 February 1977 4 August 1986 24 April 1995
Nimmo CBE OStJ, Sir John Angus 1 February 1977 30 June 1980
Northrop QC, Raymond Moyle 1 February 1977 31 August 1998
Riley, Bernard Blomfield 1 February 1977 4 August 1978
Smithers, Sir Reginald Allfree 1 February 1977 30 September 1986
St John, Robert James Baldwin 1 February 1977 31 March 1985
Sweeney CBE, Charles Augustine 1 February 1977 29 June 1995
Sweeney, John Bernard 1 February 1977 7 May 1981
Ward, Richard Charles 1 February 1977 24 November 1977
Woodward OBE, Sir Albert Edward 1 February 1977 31 July 1990
Deane AC KBE, William Patrick 1 April 1977 26 July 1982
Toohey AC QC, John Leslie 4 April 1977 31 December 1986
McGregor, Douglas Gordon Patrick 7 November 1977 14 November 1985
Fisher AO QC, Francis Robert 6 March 1978 31 July 1989
Gallop AM RFD QC, John Foster 11 March 1978 30 July 2000
Davies QC, John Daryl 17 May 1978 31 August 1998
Lockhart AO, John Stanley 30 October 1978 11 June 1999
Sheppard AO, Ian Fitzhardinge 9 December 1979 23 May 1997
Kelly QC, John Joseph Anthony 11 March 1980 1 July 1990
Morling QC, Trevor Rees 11 February 1981 1 February 1993
Ellicot QC, Robert James 2 March 1981 24 February 1983
Fitzgerald AC QC, Gerald Edward 25 November 1981 30 June 1984
Jenkinson, Kenneth Joseph 1 November 1982 5 June 1997
Neaves, Alan Reginald 11 March 1983 8 January 1995
Kirby AC CMG, Michael Donald 30 March 1983 23 September 1984
Beaumont AO, Bryan Alan 30 May 1983 11 February 2005
Wilcox AO QC, Murray Rutledge 11 May 1984 2 October 2006
Gray AM, Peter Ross Awdry 17 May 1984 17 May 2013
Spender QC, Jeffrey Ernest John 17 May 1984 19 July 2010
Everett, Mervyn George 27 June 1984 4 October 1987
Pincus QC, Cecil William 25 March 1985 16 December 1991
Burchett, James Charles Sholto 3 June 1985 10 October 2000
Miles AO, Jeffrey Allan 18 June 1985 30 September 2002
Jackson AM QC, David Francis 15 November 1985 26 May 1987
Ryan QC, Donnell Michael 29 September 1986 2 June 2011
Gummow AC, William Montague Charles 24 November 1986 20 April 1995
French AC, Robert Shenton 25 November 1986 1 September 2008
Einfeld, Marcus Richard 18 December 1986 16 April 2001
Hartigan, Trevor Russell 13 August 1987 24 April 1990
Foster QC, Michael Leader 2 November 1987 26 November 1998
Nicholson AO RFD, Alastair Bothwick 1 February 1988 31 May 2004
Lee QC, Malcolm Cameron 15 February 1988 1 May 2006
Olney AM QC, Howard William 21 May 1988 30 April 2003
von Doussa AO QC, John William 1 December 1988 15 August 2003
Hill, Donald Graham 1 February 1989 24 August 2005
O'Connor, Deirdre Frances 1 Ju1y 1990 5 March 2002
Phillips, John Harber 14 August 1990 17 December 1991
O'Loughlin, Maurice Francis 1 August 1989 28 January 2003
Higgins AO QC, Terence John 1 July 1990 12 September 2013
Heerey AM QC, Peter Cadden 17 December 1990 16 February 2009
Black AC QC, Michael Eric John 1 January 1991 21 March 2010
Drummond QC, Douglas Paton 2 December 1991 12 April 2003
Cooper, Richard Ellard 30 March 1992 14 March 2005
Beazley AO, Margaret Joan 1 January 1993 28 April 1996
Whitlam QC, Antony Philip 1 January 1993 1 May 2005
Carr, Christopher John Seymour Metford 13 December 1993 1 August 2004
Moore, Michael Francis 28 March 1994 1 August 2011
Branson QC, Catherine 16 May 1994 13 October 2008
Mathews AO, Jane Hamilton 4 July 1994 6 April 2001
Lindgren AM QC, Kevin Edmund 26 July 1994 12 February 2010
Tamberlin QC, Brian John 29 August 1994 30 March 2009
Sackville AO QC, Ronald 19 September 1994 25 August 2008
Kiefel, Susan Mary 17 October 1994 3 September 2007
Nicholson AO, Robert David 1 January 1995 7 August 2007
Finn, Paul Desmond 3 July 1995 4 July 2012
Sundberg AM QC, Ross Alan 10 July 1995 9 August 2010
Marshall, Shane Raymond 17 July 1995 Present
Lehane, John Robert FeJane Hamilton Alix 3 October 1995 10 September 2001
Madgwick QC, Rodney Neville 3 October 1995 21 April 2008
North, Anothony Max 3 October 1995 Present
Merkel QC, Ronald 5 February 1996 15 May 2006
Mansfield AM, John Ronald 2 September 1996 Present
Emmett, Arthur Robert 3 February 1997 6 March 2013
Goldberg AO QC, Alan Henry 3 February 1997 4 July 2010
Finkelstein QC, Raymond Antony 21 July 1997 1 July 2011
Giudice AO, Geoffrey Michael 17 September 1997 28 February 2012
Weinberg, Mark Samuel 15 July 1998 19 July 2008
Dowsett AM, John Alfred 14 September 1998 Present
Katz SC, Leslie Sydney 30 September 1998 21 March 2002
Hely, Peter Graham 2 October 1998 1 October 2005
Kenny, Susan Coralie 16 October 1998 Present
Gyles AO QC, Roger Vincent 11 June 1999 22 August 2008
Conti QC, Richard Alan 15 August 2000 15 August 2007
Stone, Margaret Ackary 9 October 2000 22 March 2012
Allsop AO, James Leslie Bain 7 May 2001 2 June 2008
Downes AM, Garry Keith 2 April 2002 15 May 2012
Jacobson, Peter Michael 17 June 2002 Present
Selway, Bradley Maxwell 18 November 2002 10 April 2005
Bennett AO, Annabelle Claire 5 May 2003 Present
Lander, Bruce Thomas 14 July 2003 31 August 2013
Crennan AC, Susan Maree 3 February 2004 1 November 2005 1 July 2015
Siopis, Antony Nicholas 14 April 2005 Present
Edmonds, Richard Francis 5 May 2005 Present
Graham QC, Peter Ross 24 May 2005 6 September 2010
Greenwood, Andrew Peter 4 August 2005 Present
Young QC, John Neil 30 November 2005 24 January 2007
Rares, Steven David 2 February 2006 Present
Collier, Berna Joan 8 February 2006 Present
Cowdroy OAM, The Hon Dennis Antill 13 March 2006 15 March 2014
Besanko, Anthony James 3 April 2006 Present
Jessup, Christopher Neil 23 June 2006 Present
Tracey AM RFD, Richard Ross Sinclair 24 July 2006 Present
Middleton, John Eric 7 August 2006 Present
Buchanan, Robert John 8 September 2006 Present
Gilmour, John 11 December 2006 Present
Gordon, Michelle Marjorie 20 April 2007 Present
Logan, John Alexander 27 September 2007 Present
Flick, Geoffrey Alan 15 October 2007 Present
McKerracher, Neil Walter 15 October 2007 Present
Reeves, John Edward 15 October 2007 Present
Perram, Nye 8 August 2008 Present
Jagot, Jayne Margaret 3 September 2008 Present
Foster, Lyndsay Graeme 4 September 2008 Present
Barker, Michael Laurence 9 February 2009 Present
Nicholas, John Victor 16 November 2009 Present
Yates, David Markey 30 November 2009 Present
Bromberg, Mordecai 7 December 2009 Present
Dodds-Streeton QC, Julie Anne 1 February 2010 1 April 2014
Katzmann, Anna Judith 1 February 2010 Present
Keane, Patrick Anthony 22 March 2010 28 February 2013
Robertson, Alan 18 April 2011 Present
Murphy, Bernard Michael 13 June 2011 Present
Ross AO, Iain James Kerr 1 March 2012 Present
Griffiths, John Edward 24 April 2012 Present
Kerr, Chev LH, Duncan James Colquhoun 10 May 2012 Present 26 February 2022
Farrell, Kathleen 5 December 2012 Present
Allsop AO, James Leslie Bain 1 March 2013 Present
Pagone, Tony 21 June 2013 Present
Davies, Jennifer 4 July 2013 Present
Mortimer, Debra Sue 12 July 2013 Present
Rangiah, Darryl Cameron 13 August 2013 Present
White, Richard Conway 31 August 2013 Present
Wigney, Michael Andrew 9 September 2013 Present
Perry, Melissa Anne 23 September 2013 Present
Gleeson, Jacqueline Sarah 15 April 2014 Present
Beach, Johnathan Barry Rashleigh 30 June 2014 Present

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