Margaret Beazley

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The Honourable Justice
Margaret Beazley
President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal
Assumed office
1 March 2013
Preceded by James Allsop
Personal details
Born 1951 (1951) (age 66)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Sydney

Margaret Joan Beazley AO (born 1951) is an Australian judge. She has been the President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal since 2013, and is the first woman to hold the office.[1]


Beazley graduated in law, with honours, from the University of Sydney in 1974.[2]


Beazley was a Judicial Member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal from 1984-88. She was an Acting District Court Judge from 1990–91. From 1991–92, Beazley served as Assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. She was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1993–96, an additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory from 1994–97, and a judge of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia from 1994–96.[3]

Since 1996, she has been a Judge of Appeal of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

Beazley has also served on the Australian Executive of Amnesty International (1980).


  • In 2006, Beazley was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the judiciary and the law.[2]
  • In 2008, Beazley was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) by the University of Sydney.[4]


  1. ^ Alexander, Harriet (20 December 2012). "First female head to run appeal court". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Alumni Feature In Queen's Birthday Honours, Sydney University website]
  3. ^ Who's Who in Australia
  4. ^ Honorary Awards, University of Sydney website
Legal offices
Preceded by
James Allsop
President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal