Simon Steward Jacqueline Gleeson Judges of High Court

His Excellency the Governor-General has accepted the advice of the Government to appoint the Honourable Justice Simon Steward and the Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson as Justices of the High Court of Australia.

Justice Steward and Justice Gleeson will respectively fill the vacancies that will arise upon the retirements of the Honourable Justice Geoffrey Nettle AC on 30 November 2020 and the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC on 28 February 2021.

Justice Steward completed a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 1990 and a Masters of Law in 2000, at the University of Melbourne.  He was admitted to practice as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1992 and signed the High Court Roll in the same year.

Justice Steward was called to the Victorian Bar in 1999 and was appointed Silk in 2009.  In 2009 he commenced as a Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne.  He was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 2017 and commenced his career on the Bench in 2018.

Justice Gleeson graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1989. She began practising at the New South Wales Bar in 1991.  Justice Gleeson left the Bar in late 2000 to practise as a solicitor, firstly with the Australian Broadcasting Authority and later the Australian Government Solicitor, before returning to the Bar in 2007.

Justice Gleeson completed a Master of Laws at the University of Sydney in 2005 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012. She was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Court in 2014.

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The Government congratulates Justice Steward and Justice Gleeson on their appointments.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also took the opportunity to thank His Honour Justice Nettle and Her Honour Justice Bell for their judicial service.


The Honourable Justice Simon Steward

2018                       Judge, Federal Court of Australia

2014                       Appointed Queen’s Counsel

2009-2017            Queen’s Counsel/ Senior Counsel, Aickin Chambers

2009                       Appointed Senior Counsel

1999                       Signed Bar Roll, Victorian Bar

1992-1999            Solicitor/Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques

1992                       Signed High Court Roll

1992                       Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Victoria


2000                       Master of Laws, University of Melbourne

1990                       Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Melbourne


The Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson

2014                       Judge, Federal Court of Australia

2012                       Appointed Senior Counsel

2007-2014            Barrister, private practice

2003-2006            Senior Executive Lawyer, Australian Government Solicitor

2001-2003            General Counsel, Australian Broadcasting Authority

1991                       Admitted as Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

1990-2000            Solicitor/Barrister

1989                       Associate to the Honourable Justice Trevor Morling, Federal Court of Australia

1989                       Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales


2005                       Masters of Laws, University of Sydney

1989                       Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney

1986                       Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney

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