Supreme Court of Western Australia

Current Judges and Masters

Chief Justice of Western Australia

Chief Justice Quinlan was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 13 August 2018. He was appointed as a judge of the Court, a judge of the Court of Appeal and as the Chief Justice of Western Australia.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1992 and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1995 from the University of Western Australia.

Chief Justice Quinlan was Professional Assistant to K H Parker AO QC, Solicitor General for Western Australia, from 1993 to 1994, and associate to the Hon Justice Parker, Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1995.

From 1996 to 2001, he was a Legal Officer (and ultimately Assistant Crown Counsel) at the WA Crown Solicitor’s Office before joining the Independent Bar in 2001. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010.

The Chief Justice was appointed Solicitor General for Western Australia on 1 July 2016 and served in this role until his appointment to the Bench.

He served as President, WA Bar Association from 2012 to 2015, Board of Governors at the University of Notre Dame from 2008 and Director of the Law Council of Australia from 2012 to 2014.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Executive Assistant, Chief Justice's Chambers - Telephone: (08) 9421 5337
Email: Chief.Justice.Chambers@justice.wa.gov.au

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5395
Email: Associate.Chief.Justice@justice.wa.gov.au

Court of Appeal Judges

Justice Buss was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia, including as a Judge of the Court of Appeal, on 1 February 2006, and was appointed as President of the Court of Appeal in July 2016.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1977.

He was a partner of a Perth law firm between 1982 and 1987. Justice Buss joined the Independent Bar in 1987 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in December 1993.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5301
Email: Associate.Justice.Buss@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Murphy was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 28 April 2009 and as a judge of the Court of Appeal on 3 August 2010.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University.

He joined the Western Australian Bar Association in 1994 and was appointed Senior Counsel in WA in 2003.

His Honour practised principally in commercial, contractual and equity matters. Prior to being called to the Bar, he was a partner with a national law firm. He had also practised as a solicitor in Sydney and London in commercial litigation and international arbitration.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5344
Email: Associate.Justice.Murphy@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Mazza was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 4 March 2010, and as a judge of the Court of Appeal in 2011.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1980 from the University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice in 1981. His Honour practised predominantly in the area of criminal law.

In 2002 he was appointed as Deputy President of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal. In 2004, he was appointed a judge of the District Court of Western Australia.

Justice Mazza is currently the President of The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administrators (AIJA) and a trustee of Notre Dame University Australia.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5387
Email: Associate.Justice.Mazza@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Mitchell was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in October 2014 and as a judge of the Court of Appeal in July 2016.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in 1989 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1991 from the University of Western Australia. His Honour completed a Master of Laws, with distinction, at UWA in 1997.

In 1989, Justice Mitchell commenced work as Professional Assistant to the Solicitor General. He then completed articles with the Crown Solicitor, was appointed Assistant Crown Counsel in 1997, Senior Assistant Crown Counsel in 2000, and Deputy State Solicitor in 2008.

He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2007 and was acting Solicitor General from July 2011 to February 2012.

Justice Mitchell was a member of the Law Reform Commission from 2007 till 2011, a member of the Legal Practice Board and a member of the Legal Profession Complaints Committee.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5470
Email: Associate.Justice.Mitchell@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Beech was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 25 June 2007 and as a judge of the Court of Appeal on 24 May 2017.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Honours) in 1983 and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1984 from the University of Western Australia. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) in 1988 from Oxford University, England.

He was an articled clerk and completed restricted practice at Northmore Hale (now Minter Ellison), joined Parker & Parker (now Freehills) from 1989 - 1991 and was a Crown Prosecutor with Office of Director of Public Prosecutions WA from 1992 - 1994.

He joined the Independent Bar in 1994 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004. Justice Beech was Editor of the Western Australian Reports from 1997 - 2002 and Consultant Editor from 2002 - 2007.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5459
Email: Associate.Justice.Beech@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Pritchard was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 11 June 2010 and appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal on 13 September 2018.

Her Honour had previously served as Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal after her appointment to the District Court of Western Australia in June 2009.

Justice Pritchard graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University in Canberra and a Master of Laws degree (with Distinction) from the University of London. She also has a Graduate Diploma in Women's Studies from Murdoch University.

In 1991 Justice Pritchard joined the then Crown Solicitor's Office (now the State Solicitor's Office) and worked in that office until her appointment to the bench. Justice Pritchard also lectured and tutored in law at Western Australian universities at various times during the same period.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5106
Email: Associate.Justice.Pritchard@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Vaughan was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 30 April 2018.

He became a judge of the Court of Appeal on 4 June 2019.

He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce, and was admitted to practice in Western Australia later that year.

Justice Vaughan became a partner in a national law firm in 1998 and joined the Independent Bar in 2007. His Honour was appointed Senior Counsel in 2013.

While a barrister Justice Vaughan practised principally in the areas of insolvency, commercial litigation and taxation.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5174
Email: Associate.Justice.Vaughan@justice.wa.gov.au

General Division Judges

Justice Le Miere was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 2 February 2004.

He was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1978 and became a partner with Dwyer Durack in 1981. He joined the WA Bar Association in 1988 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993.

Justice Le Miere was a member of the Council of the Law Society from 1983 - 1991, and President of Law Society in 1989 and 1990. He was a Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia 1988 - 1992. He was a member of the Board of Perth Institute of Contemporary Art from 1993 to 1997.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5385
Email: Associate.Justice.LeMiere@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Jenkins was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 2 February 2004.

Justice Jenkins graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University in 1981. She was admitted to practice in New South Wales in 1982, in the Northern Territory (1982), and in Western Australia (1989).

Her Honour was Crown Prosecutor in the Northern Territory from 1982 - 89, including Acting Chief Crown Prosecutor (1988 - 89). She was a Legal Officer, Western Australian Crown Solicitor's Office from 1989 - 2001, including Deputy Crown Counsel.

She was a member of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia in 2000 - 2001. Justice Jenkins was a judge of the District Court of Western Australia from September 2001 till her appointment to the bench of the Supreme Court.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5380
Email: Associate.Justice.Jenkins@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Martin was appointed the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 20 March 2009.

He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Honours) in 1976, and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1977. He was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1978 after serving his articles with the law firm Parker & Parker.

His Honour served as associate to the late Sir Ronald Wilson AC, KBE, CMG, at the High Court of Australia during 1980 - 81.

Justice Martin completed a degree of Master of Laws at the University of London (reading in Restitution, Maritime Law, general Insurance and International Business Transactions) before returning to Parker & Parker in 1982, where he was a partner from 1984 and in-house counsel from 1989 - 1991.

He joined the Independent Bar at Francis Burt Chambers in 1992 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997.

He was Editor of the West Australian Law Reports from 1985 - 1996, and Consulting Editor from 1997 - 2000. Justice Martin is a former President of the Law Society of WA (2001) and the Bar Association of WA (2005-2007). At the time of his appointment, he was the Treasurer and member of the Executive of the Law Council of Australia.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5196
Email: Associate.Justice.Kenneth.Martin@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Hall was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 3 July 2009. He graduated with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia. In 1986 he joined the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in Perth and from 1991 - 1999 was Senior Assistant Director in its Commercial Prosecutions Branch.

His Honour joined the Independent Bar in Western Australia in 1999 practising in criminal, administrative, insolvency and company law as well as disciplinary tribunals and coronial inquests. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003.

Justice Hall appeared as Counsel Assisting in the Finance Brokers Royal Commission in 2001 and the Police Royal Commission in 2002 to 2003 and was retained in a similar role in a number of matters in the Corruption and Crime Commission.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5382
Email: Associate.Justice.Hall@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Corboy was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 19 April 2010.

He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) in 1973. Justice Corboy lectured in economics at Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, and was as a research associate and tutor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland before returning to study law at UWA, graduating in 1980.

He was admitted to practice in 1980 and completed articles at Warren McDonald French and Harrison (now Norton Rose Australia).

Justice Corboy became a partner of the firm in 1982 and practised in criminal law and civil litigation, before joining Stone James (now Mallesons Stephen Jaques), becoming a partner in 1987.

He joined the Independent Bar in 1996 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2002.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5401
Email: Associate.Justice.Corboy@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Allanson was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 9 August 2010.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Laws & Master of Laws at the University of Western Australia. He was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1981 and worked with the State Solicitor's Office until 1994, resigning as Senior Assistant Crown Solicitor.

His Honour joined the Independent Bar in 1994 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2007.

Justice Allanson was a member of the Legal Practice Board from 2007 - 2010, and member then Deputy President of the Legal Profession Complaints Committee from 2007 - 2010.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5113
Email: Associate.Justice.Allanson@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Curthoys was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 10 February 2014, after serving two and a half years as a judge of the District Court.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Honours) in 1978 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1979 from the University of Western Australia. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Laws from Murdoch University.

Justice Curthoys was admitted to practice in Western Australia in December 1980. He completed his articles with Parker & Parker. His Honour left Parker & Parker in June 1984 and worked for Freshfields in London. In 1985 he returned to Perth and commenced practice at the Independent Bar. He was appointed to the District Court from John Toohey Chambers.

Justice Curthoys has written or edited books on: advocacy; wills, probate and administration; and civil procedure.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9219 3101
Email: Associate.Justice.Curthoys@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Tottle was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 10 August 2015.

He studied law at the College of Law in London before being admitted as a solicitor in 1981. His Honour was an articled clerk at a firm of solicitors in Somerset, England, and following his admission to practice, he was a solicitor in London from 1981 - 1986.

Justice Tottle joined the firm of Robinson Cox after moving to Western Australia in 1986, later becoming a partner. In 1995, he founded Tottle Partners and remained at the firm until joining the Court.

Justice Tottle has served as a member of the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia, the Council of the Law Society of Western Australia and co-convenor of the Society's Education Committee.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5120
Email: Associate.Justice.Tottle@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Fiannaca was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 31 August 2015.

He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in 1983 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1984 and was admitted to practice in Western Australia on 4 February 1985.

He joined the WA State Crown Solicitor’s Office in 1984 as an articled clerk and worked in that office, predominantly as counsel, until 1992. His Honour was appointed Assistant Crown Counsel in 1991.

From 1992 until his appointment to the bench, his Honour worked for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Western Australia, including roles as Consultant State Prosecutor, Acting DPP and Deputy DPP, a position he occupied from 2010. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2005.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5318
Email: Associate.Justice.Fiannaca@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice McGrath was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 25 November 2016.

He graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1986, and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University in 1989. He completed a Master of Laws at UWA in 1996, before attending the London School of Economics in 1999, graduating with a Master of Laws (with Merit) in Public International Law & Criminal Law.

He joined Freehill, Hollingdale and Page in 1990, and was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1991. Justice McGrath was associate to the Hon Justice Lee, of the Federal Court of Australia in 1992.

He was Principal Legal Officer/Senior Legal Officer for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in Perth from 1993 – 1998, and Senior Assistant Director from 2000 until he joined the Independent Bar in March 2001.

Justice McGrath was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions for Western Australia in 2010, a position he held until his appointment to the Supreme Court. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2011.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5523
Email: Associate.Justice.McGrath@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Archer was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 29 May 2017.

Justice Archer is a former state prosecutor, Principal Counsel of Legal Aid WA and Acting Commissioner of the Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission.

Her Honour joined the Bar in 2004 and was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2007. That same year, Justice Archer was chosen to conduct a statutory review of the Corruption and Crime Commission Act 2003 (WA).

Justice Archer has a keen interest in forensic advocacy and, in 2011, was selected by the Australian Bar Association to be a coach in an advanced advocacy course at Keble College in Oxford. In 2015, Her Honour was a coach in an advocacy course conducted in Singapore by the Singapore Law Society. She is also a regular coach in the Australian Bar Association’s advanced advocacy residential course.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5244
Email: Associate.Justice.Archer@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Derrick was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 6 March 2018.

Justice Derrick graduated from the University of Western Australia, with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Honours) in 1988 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1989. He was admitted to practice in 1991. He completed a Master of Laws with distinction at UWA in 1997.

His Honour was a Crown Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1993 - 2001, then served as Assistant Crown Counsel for the Crown Solicitor's Office until 2002. He joined the Independent Bar in 2002 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2009.

Justice Derrick was a judge of the District Court of Western Australia from 1 June 2010 until his appointment to the bench of the Supreme Court.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5142
Email: Associate.Justice.Derrick@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Smith was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 27 June 2018, having been an acting judge since 1 August 2017.

She is also Acting President of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) until 26 December 2018, having been appointed to that role on 17 October 2009.

Her Honour was awarded a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in 1984 and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1986 from the University of Western Australia.

She joined the Crown Solicitors Office in 1985 and remained with the Office until January 2000, after being appointed Senior Assistant Crown Counsel in 1997.

Justice Smith was appointed a Commissioner of the WAIRC on 10 January 2000, and Senior Commissioner on 21 November 2006.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5530
Email: Associate.Justice.Smith@justice.wa.gov.au

Justice Hill was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 4 June 2019.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Australian National University in 1992, and was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1994.

She joined Bennett and Co as an articled clerk in 1994 and was promoted to partner in 2001. She joined Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright) as a partner in litigation and dispute resolution in 2005, remaining with the firm until 2015.

Before her appointment to the Court, her Honour was a partner in litigation and dispute resolution at Clifford Chance acting on disputes primarily in the energy and resources sectors.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5141
Email: Associate.Justice.Hill@justice.wa.gov.au

Masters

Master Sanderson was appointed to the Supreme Court in November 2006. He graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in 1974 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1975. He served his articles at Frank Unmack and Allen from 1976 and remained with them before heading to London in 1978.

On his return to Perth in 1981, Master Sanderson became a founding partner in Pullinger, Sanderson and Workman. He joined the independent bar in 1987.

Master Sanderson has served on the Law Society's council in a number of senior roles including treasurer and vice president.

Chambers may be contacted as follows:

Associate - Telephone: (08) 9421 5348
Email - Associate.Master.Sanderson@justice.wa.gov.au


Last updated: 8-Jul-2019

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