: New Chief Justice

New Chief Justice

Allan Ardill

Queensland has a new Chief Justice following the appointment of Tim Carmody as the successor to Paul de Jersey. De Jersey has taken up the role of Governor. The transition has been anything but routine. Carmody CJ was sworn in at a private ceremony after strong criticism from the legal establishment had been directed at both the process and the appointment. A private ceremony was used for the first time in nearly a century along with a selection from outside the Supreme Court. Later, at a public ceremony in the Banco Court, no Supreme Court judges attended.

The new Chief Justice was a police officer before becoming a barrister in 1982. He served as counsel assisting the 1980s Fitzgerald Inquiry, and was once a Queensland crime commissioner, Family Court Judge, and more recently Queensland’s Chief Magistrate. The appointment has divided the legal community with many establishment voices including the former solicitor-general, members of the Australian Bar Association, and judges either criticising the appointment or condemning the process. A few voices have called for calm and respect for the integrity of the judicial system.

ALLAN ARDILL teaches law at Griffith Law School.

(2014) 39(3) AltLJ 198
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