- Solicitor General Peter Quinlan SC appointed Chief Justice of Western Australia
- Appointment effective from August 13, 2018
Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Quinlan SC as the new Chief Justice of Western Australia.
Mr Quinlan SC is considered an eminent jurist within Western Australia and extremely well regarded by the legal profession and judiciary both within, and outside of, Western Australia.
Mr Quinlan SC obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from The University of Western Australia in 1992 and 1995 respectively.
In 1993, Mr Quinlan SC joined the then Crown Solicitor's Office and was later appointed as Assistant Crown Counsel, before taking up practice as a barrister at the Independent Bar in 2001.
While at the Independent Bar, Mr Quinlan SC was not only Director of the Law Council of Australia from 2012 to 2014, but also President of the Western Australian Bar Association from 2012 to 2015.
Mr Quinlan SC was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. In 2016, he was appointed Solicitor General of Western Australia by the former Liberal National Government.
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"Mr Quinlan SC is a standout choice to serve as Western Australia's 14th Chief Justice.
"Throughout his illustrious career, Mr Quinlan SC has been committed to undertaking a wide and varied practice, including in the areas of commercial, civil, criminal, administrative and constitutional law.
"Mr Quinlan SC has appeared frequently before the High Court of Australia, the Full Federal Court, and the Western Australian Court of Appeal in a wide variety of matters.
"Among Solicitors General of Australia, and in the High Court, Mr Quinlan SC is held in very high regard.
"Given his broad experience, Mr Quinlan SC has a comprehensive and unrivalled understanding of the public and private sectors, which is essential to the efficient management and modernisation of the courts in Western Australia.
"Mr Quinlan SC has been instrumental in facilitating the McGowan Government's law reform agenda and the Government looks forward to his wise counsel as we implement further reforms.
"On behalf of the McGowan Government, I congratulate Mr Quinlan SC on his appointment to this important role in our justice system and wish him the very best."
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