Common law Chief Judge takes to Supreme Court

Common law Chief Judge takes to Supreme Court

12 August 2021 By Emma Ryan
NSW Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of NSW’s common law division has gained a new Chief Judge.

The Honourable Justice Robert Beech-Jones will take on the role following the retirement of the Honourable Justice Clifton Hoeben AM RFD from the Supreme Court bench on 31 August.


Justice Beech-Jones was admitted as a solicitor in 1988 after gaining his law degree with honours from the Australian National University. He was called to the Bar in 1992.

“During Justice Beech-Jones’ 20 years at the Bar, he had carriage of a wide range of matters, in particular in the criminal law, immigration law, social security and administrative law and commercial law,” Attorney-General Mark Speakman said.


“He is a man of great intellectual ability and integrity.”

In addition to praising Justice Beech-Jones, Mr Speakman paid tribute to Justice Hoeben.

“Justice Hoeben was elevated to the Supreme Court bench in 2004 after a stellar career at the Bar,” Mr Speakman said.

“He is a man who has a formidable legal mind as well as deep insight and the highest of courtesy, and who will leave a long legacy in the legal sphere.”

Common law Chief Judge takes to Supreme Court
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