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The Hon Justice
Susan Mary Kiefel AC

Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (since 30 January 2017)
High Court of Australia
(since 2007)

Qualifications | Work History | Relevant judgments


Relevant qualifications and honours


  • Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge
  • Legal qualification from the Barristers’ Board of Queensland


  • Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) (1997) For eminent service to the law and to the judiciary, to law reform and to legal education in the areas of ethics, justice and governance.


Relevant work history

  • 2017-current: Chief Justice, High Court of Australia (20 Jan 2017 - )
  • 2007-2017: Judge, High Court of Australia
  • 2003 – 2007: Part-time Commissioner Australian Law Reform Commission
  • 1994: Judge, Federal Court of Australia
  • 1993: Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • 1987: Queen's Counsel
  • 1975: Called to Qld Bar


Relevant judgments