List of Chief Justices of Australia by time in office

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294 days
Sir Isaac Isaacs
Shortest serving
Chief Justice: 1930 - 1931

This is a list of Australian Chief Justices by time in office.

Chief Justices of Australia[edit]

Rank by
length
of term
Chief Justice Appointed
by
Date of
appointment
Date of
retirement
Length of
term
Length of
retirement
Date of death
Order
by date
1 Barwick, GarfieldGarfield Barwick Menzies, RobertMenzies 27 April 1964 (1964-04-27) 11 February 1981 (1981-02-11) 6,1346,134 days 5,9975,997 days 1997-07-14(1997-07-14)14 July 1997 7
2 Latham, JohnJohn Latham Lyons, JosephLyons 11 October 1935 (1935-10-11) 7 April 1952 (1952-04-07) 6,0236,023 days 4,4924,492 days 1964-07-25(1964-07-25)25 July 1964 5
3 Griffith, SamuelSamuel Griffith Deakin, AlfredDeakin 5 October 1903 (1903-10-05) 17 October 1919 (1919-10-17) 5,8565,856 days 0,297297 days 1920-08-09(1920-08-09)9 August 1920 1
4 Dixon, OwenOwen Dixon Menzies, RobertMenzies 18 April 1952 (1952-04-18) 13 April 1964 (1964-04-13) 4,3784,378 days 3,0073,007 days 1972-07-07(1972-07-07)7 July 1972 6
5 Knox, AdrianAdrian Knox Hughes, BillyHughes 18 October 1919 (1919-10-18) 31 March 1930 (1930-03-31) 3,8173,817 days 0,758758 days 1932-04-27(1932-04-27)27 April 1932 2
6 Gleeson, MurrayMurray Gleeson Howard, JohnHoward 22 May 1998 (1998-05-22) 29 August 2008 (2008-08-29) 3,7523,752 days 0,3,5523,552 days 2018-05-21 11
7 Mason, AnthonyAnthony Mason Hawke, BobHawke 6 February 1987 (1987-02-06) 20 April 1995 (1995-04-20) 2,9952,995 days 8,4328,432 days 2018-05-21 9
8 French, RobertRobert French Rudd, KevinRudd 1 September 2008 (2008-09-01) 29 January 2017 0,3,0723,072 days 477477 days 2018-05-21 12
9 Gibbs, HarryHarry Gibbs Fraser, MalcolmFraser 12 February 1981 (1981-02-12) 5 February 1987 (1987-02-05) 2,1842,184 days 6,7156,715 days 2005-06-25(2005-06-25)25 June 2005 8
10 Duffy, FrankFrank Gavan Duffy Scullin, JamesScullin 22 January 1931 (1931-01-22) 1 October 1935 (1935-10-01) 1,7131,713 days 0,302302 days 1936-07-29(1936-07-29)29 July 1936 4
11 Brennan, GerardGerard Brennan Keating, PaulKeating 21 April 1995 (1995-04-21) 21 May 1998 (1998-05-21) 1,1261,126 days 7,3057,305 days 2018-05-21 10
12 Isaacs, IsaacIsaac Isaacs Scullin, JamesScullin 2 April 1930 (1930-04-02) 21 January 1931 (1931-01-21) 0,294294 days 6,2306,230 days 1948-02-11(1948-02-11)11 February 1948 3
13 Kiefel, SusanSusan Kiefel Turnbull, MalcolmTurnbull 30 January 2017 (2017-01-30) Incumbent 0,476476 days 13


Milestone illustrations[edit]

The time frames involved in the length of service by previous holders of the office can be illustrated by comparing them to the length of time it would take for incumbent Chief Justice Robert French to reach them. However, due to the mandatory retirement age of 70 for Justices, it will be constitutionally impossible for French to reach any of these milestones.

See also[edit]