Virginia Bell

Virginia Bell served on Australia's final court of appeal, the High Court of Australia, for 12 years from February 2009. At the time of her appointment, she was a judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. After graduating in law, she practised as a solicitor for seven years with the first community law centre to be established in New South Wales. She was admitted to the Bar in 1984 and was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1997. Between 1994 and 1997 she was a counsel assisting the Royal Commission into the New South Wales Police Service. She was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in March 1999. She served as President of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration between 2006 and 2008. She was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2012 for eminent service to the judiciary and the law through judicial administration, and as an advocate for the economically and socially disadvantaged.

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