Hon. Chief Justice Wayne Martin: There is more to the Law than Money
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.
Since becoming Chief Justice, Martin has spoken out about the need to enhance access to justice and improve the efficiency of the legal system. He has also come to the defense of the legal system in the wake of criticisms in some sections of the media that resulted from several high profile miscarriages of justice.