Melbourne Law alumnus appointed to the High Court of Australia

12 January 2015

The University of Melbourne has congratulated law alumnus the Honourable Geoffrey Nettle on his appointment to the High Court of Australia.
Justice Nettle, a member of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, was today appointed as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia. Justice Nettle will replace the Honourable Justice Susan Crennan AC in February 2015.

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The appointment is a milestone for the Melbourne Law School; there has been a Melbourne graduate on the High Court since 1906. The last University of Melbourne law graduate to be appointed was Justice Kenneth Hayne AC in 1997.
Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans welcomed the appointment.
“Justice Nettle’s appointment to the High Court is a wonderful recognition of the high regard in which he is held in the legal community. He is a great role model for Melbourne Law School students and alumni,” Professor Evans said.
Justice Nettle was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2002 and was one of the leading Queen’s Counsel at the Victorian bar. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2004.
He began his professional career as a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 1977, becoming a partner of that firm in 1981. He was then called to the bar in 1982 and developed a large practice, specialising in commercial law, equity, taxation, constitutional law and administrative law.
He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University, Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Civil Law (with First Class Honours) from Magdalen College, Oxford.
University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis offered his congratulations, “Justice Nettle is a university graduate of whom we can be proud,” he said.
“We are delighted that Justice Nettle’s significant contributions to the law have been recognised with this wonderful achievement.”

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