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from_the_ed_intro.jpgWelcome to the latest edition of Hearsay. Much has happened since the last edition and we have an interesting array of pieces for your reading pleasure.


Since the last edition, we have seen the passing of the Honourable James Patrick O’Hara Barry, a former Justice of the Family Court of Australia.

Justice Barry retired from the Family Court of Australia on 27 June 2011 after 27½ years of service. He was the first judge appointed to the Townsville registry of the Court and served there from 1983 until 2000 when he transferred to Brisbane. In 1988 his Honour was also appointed a Presidential Member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
We also saw the passing after a short illness of one of our members, Guy Burridge who was called to the Bar on 8 November 1999. 

Valedictory Ceremony for The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice of Queensland

Members are reminded that the Valedictory Ceremony in honour of the retiring Chief Justice, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, will be held on Friday 27 June 2014.  The ceremony will be held at 9.15am in the Banco Court, Level 3 Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George Street, Brisbane.
Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations go to her Honour Chief Judge Patricia Mary Wolfe who was made Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queens’ Birthday Honours List. The citation read:

For distinguished service to the judiciary, to the law through legal education reform, and as a mentor and role model for women.

Her Honour was admitted as a barrister in 1978. She served as Deputy Commissioner in the Commission of Inquiry that became known as the Fitzgerald Inquiry. Her Honour was appointed to the District Court in 1995 and became Chief Judge in 1999.

New Chief Justice

The Honourable Judge Tim Carmody QC, the Chief Magistrate, has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland to succeed the Hon Paul de Jersey AC, on 8 July 2014.

Judge Carmody was admitted to the Bar in 1982 and took Silk in 1999. From 1987 to 1989, he was Counsel Assisting the Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption. From 1996 to 1997 he was Counsel Assisting the Inquiry into the Criminal Justice Commission and from 1998 to 2002 he was the Queensland Crime Commissioner. In 2003 he was appointed a judge of the Family Court of Australia, a position he held until 2008. Prior to his appointment as a District Court Judge and Chief Magistrate in September 2013 he served as Chairman of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.

Congratulations and best wishes go to his Honour for the challenge ahead.

Resignation of Davis QC

On a sad note for the bar, Davis QC recently tendered his resignation as President of the Bar.

Davis QC was called to the bar in 1990, having first practised as a solicitor since 1984. He took silk in 2005. He has been a member of the Bar Council since 2007 and has served as Chair of the Criminal Law Committee and Professional Conduct Committee and as Vice President prior to becoming President.

Members will no doubt join in expressing gratitude to him for his sterling service.

New Bar Office Holders

Doyle QC succeeds Davis QC as President of the Bar. Doyle QC has practiced as a barrister since 1987 and took silk in 1995. He had previously practised as a solicitor for some years. He has been a member of the Bar Council from 2002 to 2008 and from 2011 to date, and of course recently served as Vice President. He has been Chair of the Commercial Law Committee since 1996.

Diehm QC has become the new Vice President of the Bar. He was called to the Bar in 1991 and took silk in 2008.

Hunter QC has taken up the vacant position as member of Council. Hunter QC was called to the Bar in 1987 and took silk in 2008.

Congratulations and best wishes to each of them for the challenges ahead.

Happy reading.

Adrian Duffy

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