Martin graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in 1973. He completed his articled clerkship with Lavan & Walsh. He completed a Master of Laws at King's College London and was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1977. He was a partner of the law firm Keall Brinsden (now Corrs Chambers Westgarth) until joining the independent bar in 1988. He was made a QC in 1993.
In addition to his work as a barrister, Martin is a former chairman of the Western Australian Law Reform Commission, president of the Administrative Review Council, chair of the Defamation Law Reform Committee and president of the Western Australia Bar Association. In addition, he is a former president of the Law Society of Western Australia and a director of the Law Council of Australia.
Since becoming Chief Justice, Martin has spoken out about the need to enhance access to justice and improve the efficiency of the legal system. He has also come to the defence of the legal system in the wake of criticisms in some sections of the media that resulted from several high profile miscarriages of justice. As chief justice of the WA Supreme Court Justice Martin earns a salary of $396,545, which will increase with effect from 1 July 2010 to $408,441.
On 11 June 2012, Chief Justice Martin was named an Companion of the Order of Australia for "eminent service to the judiciary and to the law, particularly as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, to legal reform and education, and to the community."
- Supreme Court of Western Australia, "The Hon. Chief Justice Wayne Stewart Martin", Supreme Court of Western Australia
- "Welcome to the Honourable Chief Justice Martin" (pdf) (Press release). Supreme Court of Western Australia. 2006-05-01. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
- AIJA Tribunals Conference, "Recent publications of the Administrative Review Council, Including Preparing Statements of Reasons - June 2003"
- Martin, Wayne (2006-08-12). Bridging the Gap (pdf). National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference. p. 24. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
- "Supreme Court reform announced by Chief Justice" (pdf) (Press release). Supreme Court of Western Australia. 2006-08-31. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
- "WA Criminal Justice System" (pdf) (Press release). Supreme Court of Western Australia. 2006-08-08. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
- "Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - The Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours Lists". Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia. 11 June 2012. p. 7.
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