Vale Honourable David Malcolm AC QC

Vale Honourable David Malcolm AC QC

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Western Australia Attorney General Michael Mischin

Government Pays Tribute To David Malcolm

Victor P Taffa

  • Unrivalled contribution to legal profession in WA

Premier Colin Barnett and Attorney General Michael Mischin have offered the State Government’s condolences to the family of the Honourable David Malcolm AC QC, who passed away today after a long illness.







The Premier said Mr. Malcolm was a great West Australian, a brilliant student and sportsman, pre-eminent legal practitioner, long serving Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of this State and Lieutenant Governor for 20 years.

“David Malcolm was a person of enormous energy and enthusiasm, and he coupled his unrivalled distinction as a judge with extraordinary further service to the community.” Mr. Barnett said.

He was Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia for 20 years and devoted his time to countless charities and institutions, including The University of Western Australia, the International Commission of Jurists, the Special Air Services Resources Trust, Anglicare, rugby union and Australian Rules football in this State and numerous medical research and treatment charities.

“Chief Justice Malcolm received many awards during his career, though they did not fully account for the enormity of his contribution.” Mr. Barnett said.

“On behalf of the government, I express the condolences of the State to his wife Kaaren and daughter Manisha and the rest of his family. He was a great West Australian and Australian.”

WA Attorney-General Michael Mischin

WA Attorney-General Michael Mischin










Attorney General Michael Mischin said Mr. Malcolm’s life and career were an inspiration to generations of legal practitioners in WA and throughout Australia.

“His service as Chief Justice was marked with distinction. He not only administered the Supreme Court with great authority and ease, and introduced great reforms to the processes of the Court, but delivered countless judgments during his 18 years of judicial service that contributed to the administration of justice in this State.” Mr. Mischin said.

“David Malcolm is widely acknowledged as one of the great advocates to have been produced by the profession in this State.”


Fact File


  • After a brilliant academic career at Guildford Grammar School and at the Law School at UWA, David Malcolm was chosen as the Rhodes Scholar for WA in 1960
  • His academic career at Oxford was stellar. He was accorded the rare honour of being appointed an Honorary Fellow of his Oxford college; Wadham College
  • David Malcolm received the distinction of being made an Honorary Bencher of one of the ancient English Inns of Court, Lincoln’s Inn
  • He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia and was WA Citizen of the Year in 2000