Presidents of the JCA

Note:  Until 2006 the Presidents were called Chairman

Justice Ian Sheppard, AO               1994 – 1996

Justice Sheppard was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.  He died in December 2012.

Justice John Lockhart, AO             1996 – 1998

Justice Lockhart was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia for 20 years, retiring in 1999.  He died in 2006.

Justice Bruce McPherson, CBE       1998 – 2000

Justice McPherson was a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1982.  He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1991 and retired in 2006.  He died in 2013.

Justice CSC (Simon) Sheller, AO    2000 – 2004

Justice Sheller was a judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 1991 to 2005.  He died in April 2018.

Justice Ronald Sackville, AO          2004 – 2006

Justice Sackville was a law academic before practising at the New South Wales Bar from 1985 to 1994.  He was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1994 to 2008.  Since then he has been an acting judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Justice Bruce Debelle, AO              2006 – 2008

Justice Debelle was a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia from 1990 to 2008.  Prior to his appointment to the Court he was President of the Law Society of South Australia.

Justice Ruth McColl, AO                2008 – 2010

Justice McColl was a judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 2003 to 2019.  From 1999 to 2001 she was President of the New South Wales Bar Association.

Justice David Harper, AM               2010 – 2012

Justice Harper was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1992, and was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2009.  He retired in 2013.

Justice Philip McMurdo                  2012 – 2014

Justice McMurdo was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2003, and was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2015, where he still serves as a judge of that Court.

Justice Steven Rares       2014 – 2016

Justice Rares is a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.  He was appointed in 2006, and still serves as a judge of that Court.

Justice Robert Beech-Jones      2016 – 2018

Justice Robert Beech-Jones is a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.  He was appointed in 2012 and still serves as a judge of that Court.

Justice Judith Kelly        2018 – Present

Justice Kelly is a judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.  She was appointed in 2009, and still serves as a judge of that Court.

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