Expressions of Interest for Appointment as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

30 July 2021

The Attorney-General of the Australian Capital Territory, Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, invites expressions of interest from eligible and suitably qualified people for appointment as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

The Chief Justice is responsible for ensuring the orderly and expeditious discharge of the business of the Supreme Court.

Expressions of interest are sought from all areas of the legal community, including the private, government and community sectors. Women, people with disabilities, people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.


The Chief Justice is appointed by the ACT Executive. In order to be eligible for this appointment, a person must:

  • be or have been a judge of a superior court of record of the Commonwealth or a State, or a judge of the Supreme Court; or
  • have been a legal practitioner for not less than 5 years.

A person is not eligible to be appointed as the Chief Justice if they have attained the age of 70 years.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria are set out in the Supreme Court (Resident Judges Appointment Requirements) Determination 2015 (No 1) which are available for download here.


Remuneration, allowances and entitlements are those payable to a Federal Court Judge. The Chief Justice is entitled to remuneration of $468,020 per annum plus an additional allowance as set by the ACT Remuneration Tribunal in Determination 7 of 2020.

Enquiries and Expressions of Interest

Written expressions of interest, addressing the selection criteria, and accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and personal particulars form should be emailed to or posted to:

Mr Richard Glenn
Justice and Community Safety Directorate
PO Box 158

General inquiries should be directed to the Director-General, Justice and Community Safety Directorate, on (02) 6207 0501 or email

Expressions of interest close on 29 August 2021. Late applications may be accepted at the panel’s discretion.