The Federal Government has appointed Michelle Gordon as the next justice of the High Court of Australia.
Currently a Federal Court judge, she will replace her husband Justice Kenneth Hayne, who will reach the statutory retirement on June 5.
Attorney-General George Brandis said Justice Gordon has enjoyed an illustrious career as a lawyer, barrister and a judge.
Justice Gordon turns 51 this year, meaning she will be able to serve on the High Court for 19 years.
Senator Brandis lauded Justice Gordon’s “distinguished career in the law, both at the bar and on the bench”. “Justice Gordon was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in April 2007. The contribution Her Honour has made to the development of the law, particularly in commercial law, is widely recognised by her colleagues on the Bench and at the Bar,” Mr Brandis said in a statement.”On behalf of the Government, I congratulate Justice Gordon on her appointment.
“May I also take the opportunity to thank Justice Hayne for his many years of distinguished judicial service to the Australian people, and wish him a long, happy and active retirement.”
Justice Gordon will officially be sworn in on June 9, 2015.