The Hon Katrina Frances BANKS-SMITH

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 12.02.2018
Location: Perth

Other Commissions & Appointments:
Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory - Additional Judge

Katrina Frances Banks-Smith was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia on 12 February 2018. Prior to her appointment, her Honour had been a justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia since 2016.

Her Honour grew up in Tasmania and graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in 1988. In 1993 her Honour obtained a Master of Laws degree with First Class Honours from the University of Cambridge, which she attended on a Commonwealth Government Scholarship.

Her Honour was a partner of the firm now known as Herbert Smith Freehills in Perth for many years before joining the Independent Bar in 2009. Her Honour was appointed Senior Counsel for Western Australia in 2013.

Prior to her Honour's appointment as a judge, she practised in commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of contract, banking, insolvency and mining law, as well as undertaking regulatory work.

Her Honour is the Chair of the Law School Advisory Board at Fremantle's Notre Dame University and for many years was the Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Perth Children's Hospital.

Associate and Research Associate applications

Justice Banks‑Smith invites those interested in being considered for the 2025 Associate and Research Associate positions (PDF 145KB) to apply to her chambers by 5.00 pm (AWST) on 1 March 2024. 

Applications should be submitted via email to:

General information about the associate positions can be found on the Judges' Associates page of the Employment section of the Federal Court website.

If you have any queries in relation to the process, please send an email to her Honour's Executive Assistant:

Updated December 2023

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