Thomson Reuters is pleased to announce the appointment of The Hon. Justice Kenneth Martin as the Section Editor for a brand new Western Australian Section in The Australian Law Journal. As part of a reinvigoration program, a range of new Sections are being commissioned to ensure that subscribers are receiving a wide range of valuable and useful content.
Kenneth James Martin was sworn in as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 20 March, 2009. Justice Martin received all his primary and secondary education at Northam, Western Australia, where he was born. He was Dux of Northam Senior High School in 1972. He then attended and graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Honours) in 1976, and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1977.
He was admitted to practice in Western Australia in December 1978 after serving his articles with the law firm Parker & Parker. He served as associate to the late Sir Ronald Wilson AC, KBE, CMG, at the High Court of Australia during 1980 – 81.
Justice Martin then completed a degree of Master of Laws at the University of London (reading in Restitution, Maritime Law, general Insurance and International Business Transactions) before returning to Parker & Parker in 1982, where he was a partner from 1984 and in-house counsel from 1989 – 1991.
He joined the independent bar at Francis Burt Chambers in 1992 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997.
He was Editor of the West Australian Law Reports from 1985 – 1996, and Consulting Editor from 1997 – 2000.
Justice Martin is a former President of the Law Society of WA (2001) and the Bar Association of WA (2005-2007). At the time of his appointment, he was the Treasurer and member of the Executive of the Law Council of Australia.
He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2002.
The Hon. Justice Martin’s expertise on the law of Western Australian will be of great benefit to readers of The Australian Law Journal and we take great pleasure in welcoming him to the team.