Supreme Court of Tasmania

Supreme Court of Tasmania - Chief Justices

The Hon Sir Guy Stephen Montague Green, AC, KBE, CVO (1973-1995):

Guy Stephen Montague Green was born in Launceston on July 26 1937. He was educated at Launceston Church Grammar School and graduated from University of Tasmania with an LLB (Hons). He was admitted to the Bar in 1960 and became a partner in the Launceston firm of Ritchie & Parker Alfred Green & Company in 1963. Green was appointed a Magistrate in June 1971.

On 30 October 1973 Green was appointed to the Bench as Chief Justice, at just 36 years of age. Green was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1982. In 1985 he became Chancellor of the University and held this position until 1995. Green was appointed a Companion of the Order Of Australia (AC) in 1994.

On 2 September 1995 Green resigned from his office as Chief Justice to become Governor of Tasmania making him the first Tasmanian born Governor appointed. Green was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2000 and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.

In 2003 Green stepped in as acting Governor-General of Australia and became the Administrator of the Government in May for a short period of time before retiring in August 2003. After his retirement Green continued to contribute to Tasmania as Chairman of Trustees of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and Chairman of the Board of the 10 Days on the Island Festival.