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Former Bar Association president named Supreme Court judge in WA

Matthew Howard SC, who has served as the president of both the Australian Bar and WA Bar associations, has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 26 June 2023 The Bar
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Mr Howard (pictured) has been appointed as the newest judge of the WA Supreme Court by West Australian Attorney-General John Quigley.

He has practised, the A-G’s Department said in a statement, in litigation practice for more than 30 years and has appeared in all superior courts.


He commenced as an articled clerk at the then Crown Solicitor’s office in 1989, and he was admitted to practice in Western Australia in December 1989 before being appointed as a silk in 2009.

He is the current chair of the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and Law Access WA and formerly served as chair of the Mental Health Law Centre.

Mr Howard will join the Supreme Court bench on 17 July.

Speaking about the appointment, A-G Quigley said: “Mr Howard is highly regarded as a leading barrister in Western Australia and took on the role of acting parliamentary inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission in 2016.

“Mr Howard is well known for his contributions to the legal profession, and his depth of experience well equips him to shoulder the demanding workload in the Supreme Court.

“I congratulate him on his elevation to the Supreme Court bench.”

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