find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
NSW Chief Justice Spigelman retires

NSW Chief Justice Spigelman retires

One of the nation's most senior judges, NSW Chief Justice James Spigelman, has resigned after 13 years on the job.

ONE of the nation’s most senior judges, NSW Chief Justice James Spigelman, has resigned after 13 years on the job.

“I believe that any organisation needs refreshing, and after 13 years, it also seems an appropriate time for me to personally and professional refresh myself,” Chief Justice Spigelman said in a statement.

The judge has served as the 16th Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court since 1998 and will step down on 31 May, just six days after his 13th anniversary on the job.

NSW Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell les the tributes to the judge, telling reporters in Sydney that “he has made a contribution to life beyond the bench.”

NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos said that under the Chief Justice’s guidance, the reputation of the Supreme Court had thrived.

“He has led the court through significant and important changes in legal principle, procedure and practice with insight, wisdom and ferocious intelligence,” he said.

Justice Spigelman, 67, leaves the court seven years before the mandatory retirement age of 72.

“I leave with the same level of commitment and enthusiasm I brought to the job in 1998,” he said.

Justice Spigelman rose to prominence in 1965 when Sydney University students went on the “freedom rides” across western NSW in support of indigenous rights.

“He was one of those who joined Charlie Perkins on those freedom rides to northwest NSW to pursue an end to the discrimination against Aboriginals (sic) in this state and for that he should always have our thanks,” O’Farrell said.



Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

NSW Chief Justice Spigelman retires
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice
06:03
Timing ‘critical’ in unusual contempt of court ruling
A recent case could have interesting implications for contempt of court rulings, according to a Ferr...
Dec 14 2017
International arbitration and business culture
Promoted by Maxwell Chambers. This article discusses the impact of international arbitration on t...
Papua New Guinea flag
Dec 14 2017
World-first mining case launched in PNG
Citizens of Papua New Guinea have launched landmark legal proceedings against the country’s govern...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...