(14 October 2014 – 13 October 2020)
The Hon Michael Black practised at the bar from 1964 until 1990 when he was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia (1991-2010). At various times whilst at the bar he was a member of the Victorian Bar Council, the Victorian Legal Aid Committee and the Council of the Leo Cussen Institute. He was the foundation Chair of the Victorian Bar's course of instruction for new barristers.
As Chief Justice of the Federal Court, he sat as an appellate judge in all areas of the Court's jurisdiction and was closely involved in the Court's administration and in its reforms to practice and procedure. Mr Black is a former Co-President of the Paris-based International Association of Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions.