Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has welcomed the appointment of Queensland’s eighteenth Chief Justice, The Honourable Tim Carmody.
Mr Bleijie said Judge Carmody would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Supreme Court.
“Judge Carmody’s professional and life experience is both distinguished and diverse,” Mr Bleijie said.
“His Honour has the keen legal knowledge, administrative skills and integrity that are essential qualities for the role of Chief Justice.
“On behalf of the Government, I congratulate him on his appointment to this important role in Queensland’s justice system.”
Outgoing Chief Justice, Paul de Jersey, who will become Queensland’s Governor next month congratulated Judge Carmody.
“I congratulate the Chief Magistrate on his appointment and wish him well,” Justice de Jersey said.
“I am sure he will do his utmost to discharge conscientiously the high duties of this important office.”
Mr Jarrod Bleijie said Judge Carmody’s distinguished career was set against a background of diverse roles in the legal and general community.
“As well as a published legal writer on a variety of legal, anti-corruption and public administration issues, His Honour is also an adjunct Professor of Law at QUT and he was awarded the Centenary Medal for distinguished service to law and community in 2003.
Appointment welcomed by Police Union
The Queensland Police Union has welcomed the announcement by the Premier and the Attorney-General of Tim Carmody QC as Queensland’s next Chief Justice. Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said Tim Carmody was an outstanding appointment as Chief Justice and his appointment would prove to be a great benefit to the justice system in Queensland.
“Tim Carmody is a person who understands the legal system from all perspectives given his ‘experience rich’ background and he is a person who has a deep, accurate and genuine understanding of community expectations and public sentiment.”
“Tim Carmody is perhaps the first person to be Chief Justice of Queensland who is also a former police officer so he is someone who intimately understands the role police play in the criminal justice system and the amount of work required to place somebody before the courts as well. ” Mr Leavers said.
“The Queensland Police Union also briefed Tim Carmody on a regular basis when he was still a practicing barrister where he demonstrated his significant ability and insight as a legal advocate and senior member of the Bar, and these matters included the Police Union’s successes against the CMC on an issue of apprehended bias, as well as when the Police Union appeared before the CMC’s ‘Operation Tesco’ public hearings into allegations on the Gold Coast, which were also subsequently proved to be of little substance.”