: New Chief Justice

New Chief Justice

Allan Ardill

Queensland has its first female Chief Justice following the appointment of Justice Catherine Holmes to the top position. Admitted as a barrister in 1984 and appointed Senior Counsel in 1999 Holmes CJ is amply experienced and qualified to lead the Court. Chief Justice Holmes was appointed from the Court of Appeal where she has served since 2006. The appointment has been welcomed by the profession and enjoys cross-party support unlike the appointment of the former Chief Justice whose incumbency ended prematurely in a resignation within the year. While Queensland Courts are headed by a woman for the first time, women represent just 26 per cent of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

ALLAN ARDILL teaches law at Griffith Law School

(2015) 40(4) AltLJ 287
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