LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE KINGDOM OF TONGA
The Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel of the Privy Council of the Kingdom of Tonga has today announced the appointment by His Majesty King Tupou VI of Michael Hargreaves Whitten QC as the next Lord Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Tonga.
He has also been appointed President of the Court of Appeal, President of the Land Court and advisor to His Majesty on the Privy Council in land cases. The appointment commences on 2 September 2019.
Mr Whitten was admitted to practice in Queensland. He worked at the Public Defender’s Office in Brisbane from 1986-1988, and then as a clerk to Judge John ‘Jack’ Kimmins of the Queensland District Court from 1988-1989. Before coming to the Queensland Bar in 1990 where he practised principally in criminal, common law and family law matters, he also worked for a year in commercial litigation at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst).
Mr Whitten moved to Victoria and signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 1996. He has practised predominantly in civil and commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has specialised in building and construction disputes. He took silk in 2015.
Details of the ceremonial welcome will be advised when they become known.