High profile QC Wayne Martin will lead Western Australia’s judiciary into a period of major reform and modernisation as the state’s new chief justice.
Less than two months after instigating a controversial gag on barristers speaking to the media about their cases, Mr Martin yesterday committed himself to revolutionising the state’s courts.
His appointment follows months of speculation after David Malcolm QC retired from the post in February for a career in academia, after more than 17 years on the bench.
A leading defamation and civil litigator and president of the West Australian Law Society, Mr Martin, 53, said he was honoured to be given a chance to serve the community.
The father of five and former chairman of the Law Reform Commission and state Bar Association gained national exposure as counsel assisting the HIH Royal Commission.