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Tuesday, 23 November 2021

ACT legal profession welcomes new Chief Justice

The ACT Law Society today offered a warm welcome to Justice Lucy McCallum, who has been announced as the new Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court. 

Justice McCallum was a prosecutor in Canberra from 1988 to 1990, before she was called to the Bar in 1991.

At the Bar, she had a broad and extensive practice that included defamation, administrative law, competition law and professional negligence. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2005.

She was counsel assisting in the HIH Royal Commission, represented asbestos victims in the James Hardie Inquiry, and worked pro bono for refugees who were in immigration detention and in environmental matters.

She became a judge of the NSW Supreme Court in 2008, and in 2019 she was elevated to the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

Her Honour has presided over hundreds of high profile criminal and civil proceedings, first as a barrister and then as a Judge, garnering a reputation for scrupulous fairness.

"The ACT Law Society looks forward to welcoming Her Honour back to Canberra as our sixth Chief Justice," said Law Society President, Elizabeth Carroll.