Ralph Lloyd Simmonds was appointed to the Court on 23 February, 2004.
Born in Sydney, NSW, in May 1950, he was educated at Nedlands Primary School & Christ Church Grammar School in Perth.
Justice Simmonds graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Western Australia in 1972 and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1976.
He was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1974, having served articles at Muir Williams Nicholson & Co (now Freehills). Justice Simmonds taught law at the University of Windsor, Ontario, from 1976 - 1979 and McGill University, Quebec, from 1980 - 1989.
He returned to Australia in 1990 to become Foundation Dean (position held between 1992 and 1995 and 1997 till November 2003) and Foundation Professor of Law at Murdoch University, Perth. Justice Simmonds was a member of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia from 1997 and its Chair from 2001. He served as National Convenor of the Committee of Australian Law Deans (peak body for Australia’s law schools) from 1994 - 1995.Last updated: 19-Jul-2012