|The Honourable Justice
|Justice of the High Court of Australia|
3 February 2015
|Nominated by||Tony Abbott|
|Appointed by||Sir Peter Cosgrove|
|Preceded by||Susan Crennan|
2 December 1950 |
Cottesloe, Western Australia
|Alma mater||Australian National University
University of Melbourne
University of Oxford
Geoffrey Arthur Akeroyd Nettle (born 2 December 1950) is a Justice of the High Court of Australia, the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy. Prior to his appointment to the High Court, he was a judge of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, in the Australian state of Victoria.
Early life and education
Nettle completed a Bachelor of Economics at the Australian National University followed by a Bachelor of Laws, for which he received First Class Honours, at the University of Melbourne in 1975. While studying at Melbourne, he was a resident at Trinity College, where he rowed and played rugby. Nettle then completed a Bachelor of Civil Laws with First-Class Honours at Magdalen College, Oxford.
Nettle was admitted to practise in 1977 and was a solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). He was called to the bar in November 1982. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1992. His major areas of practice were commercial law, taxation, constitutional law and administrative law. He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Trial Division, in 2002, and a Judge of Appeal of the Victorian Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, in 2004.
On 4 December 2014, the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, announced that Nettle would become a justice of the High Court of Australia, replacing Justice Susan Crennan who would retire on 3 February 2015. Nettle will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 for High Court justices in 2020.
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