Justice Margaret Beazley. Photo: Louie Douvis
MARGARET Beazley has been named the first woman to be president of the NSW Court of Appeal.
The Attorney-General, Greg Smith, announced that Justice Beazley would succeed James Allsop, who will take up a position as chief justice of the Federal Court next year.
Justice Beazley is the second-ranking Court of Appeal judge, but she was overlooked for the top role when Justice Allsop was appointed in 2008.
Retired judge Anthony Whealy, who shared the bench with Justice Beazley in the Court of Appeal, said he had been pushing for her to get the top job.
''She's a very hard worker, she knows what life is about and I think she will bring all of that practical experience and humanity to the job,'' Justice Whealy said. ''She's very well loved in there by the other judges and I think she will bring a cohesive sense of morale.''
Justice Beazley joined the Bar in 1975 and took silk in 1989. She has served on the Federal Court of Australia, the Industrial Relations Court of Australia, the District Court of NSW and as assistant commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Justice Beazley has three children, with the birth of the third taking her away from the ICAC inquiry at which she was presiding as deputy commissioner. She is said to have protested: ''I timed him to arrive the day after it finished.''