The Hon Justice Michael Brett was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in July 2016.
He commenced working in Queensland as a solicitor in 1980 and then as a barrister. After relocating to Tasmania in 1993 he practised as a legal practitioner in a private firm and then practised at the independent bar until his appointment as a magistrate.
He practised extensively in criminal, family, planning law and general civil litigation. He was appointed as a magistrate on the North West coast of Tasmania in 2009.
He was appointed as Chief Magistrate of Tasmania in October 2015 and remained in that role until his appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment as a magistrate, he held positions with the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania Board and the Legal Profession Board of Tasmania.
He has held the position of Northern Vice President of the Bar Association of Tasmania and President of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania.