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 began Term ended Time in of office Governor appointed
1 Francis Forbes.jpg Sir Francis Forbes 13 October 1823 1 July 1837 13 years, 261 days Major General Sir Thomas Brisbane GCB, GCH, FRS, FRSE
2 James Dowling.jpg Sir James Dowling 30 August 1833 27 September 1844 11 years, 28 days General Sir Richard Bourke KCB
3 Alfred Stephen.jpg Sir Alfred Stephen GCMG, CB, PC 7 October 1844 6 November 1873 29 years, 30 days Major Sir George Gipps
4 Justice James Martin.jpg Sir James Martin KCB, QC 19 November 1873 4 November 1886 12 years, 350 days Lord Rosmead GCMG, PC
5 Julian Salomons.jpg Sir Julian Salomons 12 November 1886 27 November 1886 15 days The Marquess Lincolnshire KG, GCMG, PC, JP, DL
6 Darley1.jpg Sir Frederick Darley GCMG, PC 29 November 1886 4 January 1910 23 years, 36 days
7 SirWilliamPortusCullen.jpg Sir William Cullen KCMG 28 January 1910 27 January 1925 14 years, 365 days The Viscount Chelmsford GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GBE, PC
8 Sir Philip Street KCMG 28 January 1925 31 January 1934 9 years, 3 days Admiral Sir Dudley de Chair KCB, KCMG, KBE, MVO
9 Sir Frederick Jordan KCMG 1 February 1934 4 November 1949 15 years, 276 days
10 Kenneth street.jpg Sir Kenneth Street KCMG, KStJ 6 January 1950 27 January 1960 10 years, 21 days Lieutenant General Sir John Northcott KCMG, KCVO, CB, KStJ
11 Herbert V. Evatt.jpg Herbert Evatt , QC 15 February 1960 24 October 1962 2 years, 251 days Lieutenant General Sir Eric Woodward KCMG, KCVO, CB, CBE, DSO
12 Sir Leslie Herron KBE, CMG, KStJ 25 October 1962 22 May 1972 9 years, 210 days
13 Sir John Kerr AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC 23 May 1972 27 June 1974 2 years, 35 days Sir Roden Cutler VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE
14 Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, QC 28 June 1974 1 November 1988 14 years, 126 days
15 Gleeson photo.jpg Murray Gleeson AC, QC 2 November 1988 31 March 1998 9 years, 149 days Air Marshall Sir James Rowland AC, KBE, DFC, AFC
16 Jj spigelman.jpg James Spigelman AC, QC 19 May 1998 31 May 2011 13 years, 12 days Gordon Samuels AC, CVO, QC
17 Tom Bathurst AC 1 June 2011 present 5 years, 118 days Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO

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