List of Justices of the High Court of Australia by time in office

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16,703 days
Sir Edward McTiernan
Longest serving
Justice: 1930 - 1976
30 days
Albert Piddington
Shortest serving Justice

This is a list of Justices of the High Court of Australia by time in office.

Rank by
term
length
Name Term of office Days in
office
1 Sir Edward Aloysius McTiernan 20 December 1930 - 12 September 1976 16,703
2 Sir George Edward Rich 5 April 1913 - 5 May 1950 13,544
3 Sir Owen Dixon* 4 February 1929 - 13 April 1964 12,852+
4 Sir Hayden Erskine Starke 5 February 1920 - 31 January 1950 10,953
5 Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs* 12 October 1906 - 21 January 1931 8,867+
6 Sir Anthony Frank Mason* 7 August 1972 - 20 April 1995 8,291+
7 Sir Frank Gavan Duffy* 11 February 1913 - 1 October 1935 8,267+
8 Henry Bournes Higgins 20 December 1906 - 13 January 1929 8,060
9 Sir Frank Walters Kitto 10 May 1950 - 1 August 1970 7,388
10 Sir Dudley Williams 15 October 1940 - 31 July 1958 6,498
11 Kenneth Madison Hayne 22 September 1997 – 4 June 2015 6,465
12 William Montague Charles Gummow 21 April 1995 – 8 October 2012 6,381
13 Sir Francis Gerard Brennan* 12 February 1981 - 21 May 1998 6,307+
14 Sir Alan Russell Taylor 3 September 1952 - 3 August 1969 6,178
15 Sir Garfield Edward John Barwick* 27 April 1964 - 11 February 1981 6,134
16 Michael Hudson McHugh 14 February 1989 - 1 November 2005 6,104
17 Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs* 4 August 1970 - 5 February 1987 6,029+
18 Sir John Latham* 11 October 1935 - 7 April 1952 6,023
19 Sir Douglas Ian Menzies 12 June 1958 - 29 November 1974 6,014
20 Sir Charles Powers 5 March 1913 - 22 July 1929 5,983
21 Sir Edmund Barton 5 October 1903 - 7 January 1920 5,938
22 Sir Samuel Walter Griffith* 5 October 1903 - 17 October 1919 5,856
23 Mary Genevieve Gaudron 6 February 1987 - 31 January 2003 5,838
24 Sir Daryl Dawson 30 July 1982 - 15 August 1997 5,495
25 Sir William John Victor Windeyer 8 September 1958 - 29 February 1972 4,922
26 Sir William Patrick Deane 25 June 1982 - 11 November 1995 4,887
27 Michael Donald Kirby 6 February 1996 - 2 February 2009 4,745
28 Sir William Flood Webb 16 May 1946 - 16 May 1958 4,383
29 Lionel Keith Murphy 10 February 1975 - 21 October 1986 4,271
30 Sir Wilfred Kelsham Fullagar 8 February 1950 - 9 July 1961 4,169
31 John Leslie Toohey 6 February 1987 - 2 February 1998 4,014
32 Sir William Francis Langer Owen 22 September 1961 - 31 March 1972 3,843
33 Sir Adrian Knox* 18 October 1919 - 31 March 1930 3,817
34 Anthony Murray Gleeson* 22 May 1998 - 29 August 2008 3,752
35 Sir Ninian Martin Stephen 1 March 1972 - 11 May 1982 3,723
36 Susan Mary Kiefel* 4 September 2007 – present 3,728+
37 John Dyson Heydon 1 February 2003 – 28 February 2013 3,681
38 Sir Ronald Darling Wilson 21 May 1979 - 13 February 1989 3,556
39 Herbert Vere Evatt 19 December 1930 - 2 September 1940 3,545
40 Ian David Francis Callinan 3 February 1998 - 31 August 2007 3,496
41 Susan Maree Crennan 1 November 2005 – 2 February 2015 3,381
42 Richard Edward O'Connor 5 October 1903 - 18 November 1912 3,332
43 Virginia Margaret Bell 3 February 2009 – present 3,210
44 Robert Shenton French* 1 September 2008 – 29 January 2017 3,072
45 Sir Keith Arthur Aickin 20 September 1976 - 18 June 1982 2,097
46 Sir Kenneth Sydney Jacobs 8 February 1974 - 6 April 1979 1,883
47 Stephen John Gageler 9 October 2012 – present 1,866
48 Patrick Anthony Keane 1 March 2013 – present 1,723
49 Sir Cyril Ambrose Walsh 20 September 1969 - 29 November 1973 1,531
50 Geoffrey Arthur Akeroyd Nettle 3 February 2015 – present 1,019
51 Michelle Marjorie Gordon 9 June 2015 – present 893
52 James Joshua Edelman 30 January 2017 – present 292
53 Albert Bathurst Piddington^ 6 March 1913 - 5 April 1913 30

* Chief Justice
+ Terms as Puisne Justice and Chief Justice combined
† Justices to whom mandatory retirement (age 70) applied/applies; appointments since 1977
^ Albert Piddington received a commission but resigned it before ever serving on the Court

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