A new common law leader appointed to the Supreme Court



The Honorable Justice Robert Beech-Jones has been appointed Chief Justice of the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Judge of Appeal.

Attorney General Mark Speakman has said that Judge Beech-Jones’ long and exceptional legal career equips his Honor well for his new role.

“During Judge Beech-Jones’ 20 years at the bar, he was responsible for a wide range of cases, including criminal law, immigration law, social security and administrative law, and commercial law.

He is a man of great intellectual capacity and integrity, ”said Mr. Speakman. Justice Beech-Jones received his law degree with distinction from the Australian National University, and also received a Bachelor of Science degree. He was admitted as a lawyer in 1988 and admitted to the bar in 1992.

He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2012.

Mr. Speakman paid tribute to the outgoing Chief Justice of Common Law, the Honorable Justice Clifton Hoeben AM RFD.

“Justice Hoeben was elevated to the Supreme Court bench in 2004 after a distinguished career at the Bar. He is a man of tremendous legal mind, with deep insight and the highest courtesy, and who will leave a long legacy in the legal field, ”said Mr. Speakman.

Justice Hoeben will step down from the Supreme Court bench on August 31, when Justice Beech-Jones takes up his post as chief common law judge.

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