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The Hon Wayne Martin, Chief Justice of Western Australia

The Honourable Wayne Martin was appointed as Western Australia’s 13th Chief Justice on 1 May 2006. He joined the Independent Bar in 1988 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993. From 2001-2003, he took on the role of counsel assisting the HIH Royal Commission in Sydney.

The Chief Justice was President of the WA Bar Association between 1996 and 1999, and Chairman of the Western Australian Law Reform Commission from 1996 to 2001, when the commission completed the Review of the Criminal and Civil Justice System in Western Australia. Chief Justice Wayne Martin was also a member of the Council of the Law Society of Western Australia, and President of the Society when appointed to his current office.

In 2007, the Chief Justice was awarded WA Citizen of the Year for the Professions.

His Honour holds the following positions:


  • Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia
  • Chairman, National Judicial College of Australia
  • Chairman, Law Programme Consultative Committee, Edith Cowan University
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, Crime Research Centre, University of WA
  • Chairman, Francis Burt Law Education Centre
  • Chair, Loreto School Council
  • Patron, Western Australian Institute of Dispute Management (Murdoch University)
  • Patron, Arafmi Mental Health Carers Association
  • Patron, Homeless Persons’ Legal Advice Clinic (WA) Steering Committee
  • Patron, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of WA Inc
  • Patron, St Mary’s Cathedral Appeal
  • Patron, Lung Institute of Western Australia
  • Vice Patron, Royal Agricultural Society
  • Joint Patron, Constable Care
  • Board Member, Holyoake - Australian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Resolutions
  • Honorary Member, Perth Rotary Club
  • Honorary Member, Royal Perth Yacht Club
  • Ambassador - White Ribbon Day (Violence against Women)