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Former Supreme Court judge appointed to WA Court of Appeal

After 13 years on the bench of the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Hall has been appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal of Western Australia.

user iconKeonia Cole 12 September 2022 The Bar
Former Supreme Court judge appointed to WA Court of Appeal
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The newly created judicial position reflects the McGowan government’s commitment to ensuring courts are adequately resourced to handle increasing workloads.

Justice Hall joined the office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions’ major fraud branch in Perth in 1986.  

The following year, in 1991, he was appointed as the branch’s senior assistant director for commercial prosecutions branch.


Justice Hall became a senior counsel in 2003 after joining the Independent Bar of Western Australia with Francis Burt Chambers in 1999.

Since mid-2009, Justice Hall has served as a Supreme Court judge. In that time, he presided as a sole judge over the seven-month criminal trial of Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards, the biggest scandal in Western Australia’s political history.

Justice Hall’s appointment to the Court of Appeal will begin on 3 October 2022.

Attorney-General John Quigley commented: “Justice Hall is a distinguished lawyer who has an exemplary record in Western Australia as a prosecutor, barrister and a judge.

“After joining the bar, he practised in criminal, administrative, insolvency and company law as well as disciplinary tribunals and coronial inquests.”

“I thank Justice Hall for his long term of service as a Supreme Court judge and congratulate him on being appointed to the Court of Appeal.”