Peter Quinlan named new WA chief justice

The lawyer who represented Ms Dhu's family at the inquest examining her death in custody, and worked on other high profile cases, has been named the new chief justice of the West Australian Supreme Court.

Peter Quinlan, 48, was appointed senior counsel in 2010 and has been WA's Solicitor General since 2016.

Other career highlights include appearing as counsel assisting at Corruption and Crime Commission hearings investigating the wrongful murder conviction of Andrew Mallard and police tasering of Kevin Spratt.

Attorney-General John Quigley said the father-of-five was held in very high regard among Solicitors General of Australia and in the High Court.

"Mr Quinlan has been committed to undertaking a wide and varied practice, including in the areas of commercial, civil, criminal, administrative and constitutional law," Mr Quigley said on Wednesday.

"Given his broad experience, Mr Quinlan has a comprehensive and unrivalled understanding of the public and private sectors, which is essential to the efficient management and modernisation of the courts in WA."

Mr Quinlan will replace long-serving Chief Justice Wayne Martin and his appointment will begin on August 13.