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Retirement of Sir Frank Walters Kitto

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A T T O R I E Y - G E I E S A L ’S D E P A R T M E N T


• . The Commonwealth Attorney-General, Mr. T.E.F. Hughes, Q.C», today announced the retirement of Sir Frank Walters Kitto

" as a Justice of the High Court of Australia. The retirement

would take effect from August 1. c He said that the vacancy created by the retirement . of Mr. Justice Kitto would be filled by Mr. Justice Harry .

Talbot Gibbs, the Federal Judge in Bankruptcy. . :

.The Attorney-General said that the retirement of Sir Frank Kitto meant the loss to the High Court of one of its

most distinguished judges. He had been appointed to the High Court at the age of 47 and during his 20 years on the Bench he was greatly respected for the quality of his legal knowledge and his clarity of expression. His judgments are widely read not only in Australia out in other common law"countries.


M r . Hughes said Mr. Justice Gibbs, 53* would be the

first Queenslander to be appointed to the High Court since Sir William Webb, who retired in 1958.

Mr. Justice Gibbs was educated at the Ipswich Grammar

School. He graduated as Bachelor of Arts with first class

Honours in English language and literature and Bachelor of Laws

with first class honours from the University of Queensland.

He subsequently attained the degree of Master of Lav/s in the

same University and was admitted to the Queensland Bar in

. 1939. , . .

He served v/ith the A . M . F . from 1939 to 1942 and in

the A.I.F. from 1942 to 1945· He attained the rank of Major and was mentioned in despatches.

In 1957 -he was appointed a Queen's Counsel and in 1961 a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He was chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into the Sugar Industry in 1963 and in the same year acted as a Royal Commissioner to inquire into aspects of police administration in Queensland. .

He succeeded the late Sir Thomas Clyne as Federal Judge in Bankruptcy in 1967 and was also a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a member of the Copyright Tribunal. His commission as a Justice of the High Court will date from August 1 and he will be sworn in by the .

Chief Justice, Sir Garfield Barwick, on Tuesday August 4.

Mr. Justice Gibbs is married v/ith a son and three daughters.


July 24, 1970.