QLS reiterates support for nation’s first female High Court Chief Justice ahead of Monday’s swearing in – Queensland Law Society

Queensland Law Society welcomes the swearing in of Australia’s first female High Court Chief Justice, the well-deserving Justice Susan Kiefel.

Justice Kiefel will be sworn in on Monday (30 Jan) at a ceremony held in Canberra, along with Justice James Edelman who will join the High Court.

President Christine Smyth will be in attendance at the swearing in and said she looks forward to being part of such a momentous occasion.

“I heartily welcome Justice Kiefel’s appointment and feel honoured to attend this significant historical event,” she said.

“Justice Kiefel is not only a fellow Queenslander but she has had a long and successful career thus far, including being the first woman to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in Queensland.

“She has gracefully given of her time to speak at Queensland Law Society events and has never hesitated to give back to our profession.”

President Smyth said that Justice Kiefel was a true story of hard work paying off.

“Her Honour left school at the age of 15, began her working life as a legal secretary and then studied law part-time through the barrister’s admission board.

“Her experience and high-level of skill as an expert legal mind will serve our nation well, and I sincerely congratulate her and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on such a revered appointment.

“The appointment of Justice James Edelman to the High Court is also especially welcome as a Queensland resident with an impressive judicial career and qualifications.

“I welcome both appointments and look forward to congratulating both Justice Kiefel and Justice Edelman in person on Monday.”