Acting and Additional Judges

Acting Judges

Under section 4B of the Supreme Court Act 1933 the Executive may appoint acting judges to assist in the work of the Court. Appointment for acting judges may only be for periods of up to 12 months.  Acting judges exercise the same powers and jurisdiction as resident judges.

To be considered for appointment, the person must have been a judge of a superior court of record of either the Commonwealth or a State, a judge of the Supreme Court or a legal practitioner for not less than 5 years.

Current Acting Judges

The Honourable Acting Justice Linda Ashford

The Honourable Acting  Justice Stephen Walmsley

The Honourable Acting Justice David Robinson

The Honourable Acting Justice Murray Kellam

The Honourable Acting Justice Robert Crowe

The Honourable Acting Justice Peter Berman

The Honourable Acting Justice Audrey Balla

Additional Judges

Under section 4A of the Supreme Court Act 1933 the ACT Executive may appoint judges from other superior Australian courts to be additional judges of the Court.

The current additional judges of the Court are either judges of the Federal Court of Australia or judges of the Supreme Court of Victoria. The Court traditionally has had close links with the Federal Court as prior to ACT self government judges of the Supreme Court were also appointed to the Federal Court.

Sub-section 4A(2) of the Supreme Court Act 1933 states that an additional judge’s appointment to the Court ceases when the judge’s appointment to his or her primary court ceases. Additional judges have the same powers and jurisdiction as resident judges.


Additional Judges from the Federal Court of Australia in order of seniority  

The Honourable Justice Steven David Rares

The Honourable Justice Anthony James Besanko

The Honourable Justice Jayne Margaret Jagot

The Honourable Justice Lindsay Graeme Foster

The Honourable Justice Anna Judith Katzmann

The Honourable Justice Michael Andrew Wigney

The Honourable Justice Iain James Kerr Ross AO

The Honourable Justice Melissa Anne Perry

The Honourable Justice Darryl Cameron Rangiah

The Honourable Justice Berna Joan Collier

The Honourable Justice Robert James Bromwich

The Honourable Justice Natalie Charlesworth

The Honourable Justice Katrina Banks-Smith

The Honourable Justice Michael Lee

The Honourable Justice Thomas Thawley

The Honourable Justice Michael Wheelahan

The Honourable Justice Paul Anastassiou

The Honourable Justice Angus Stewart

The Honourable Justice Michael O'Bryan

The Honourable Justice Stewart Anderson

The Honourable Justice Wendy Abraham

Additional Judges from the Supreme Court of Victoria in order of seniority

The Honourable Robert Stanley Osborn

The Honourable Simon Paul Whelan

The Honourable Phillip Geoffrey Priest

The Honourable Stephen Williams Kaye AM