Chief Justice Susan Kiefel was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, in 1954, educated in Queensland and at the University of Cambridge where she received a Masters of Law. Chief Justice Kiefel was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1975 and was the first woman in Queensland to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. Whist practising at the Bar, her Honour was a part-time Hearing Commissioner of the Commonwealth Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.
She was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1993 and was appointed to the Federal Court in 1994.
From 2003-2007, whilst a Federal Court Judge, her Honour was a part-time Commissioner at the Australian Law Reform Commission. She also held a commission as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island from 2004.
Her Honour was appointed a Justice of the High Court on 3 September 2007 and was appointed the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on 31 January 2017.
She was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2011 and in June 2013 was elected a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Her Honour was elected an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in November 2014.