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Issue 70 - Oct 2014
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from_the_ed_intro.jpgWelcome to the October 2014 edition of Hearsay.

Retirement of Her Honour Chief Judge Patricia Wolfe AO

This edition marks the retirement of Chief Judge Patricia Wolfe AO.

Chief Judge Wolfe was first called to the Bar in 1978 and practised at the Bar from 1983 to 1995 when she was appointed as a Judge of the District Court. Her Honour was appointed Chief Judge in 1999.

Before that, her Honour had served with distinction as Deputy Commissioner of the inquiry that became known as the Fitzgerald Inquiry. Her Honour had many other appointments and achievements, many comprehensively documented in a chapter by Helen Gregory in A Woman’s Place, 100 Years of Queensland Women Lawyers, produced by the Supreme Court Library. These included an editorial role in Bar News, a predecessor publication of Hearsay, a role for which her journalistic background no doubt uniquely equipped her to perform.

A Valedictory Ceremony to honour and farewell her Honour was held on Friday, 17 October 2014.

New Chief Judge

The Governor in Council on 16 October 2014 approved the appointment of Judge Kerry O’Brien as the new Chief Judge of the District Court.

Further details of his Honour’s appointment will appear in the next edition.

ICLR Reduces Cost of Queensland Reports

Readers’ attention is drawn to the announcement, in this edition, by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting outlining the substantial price reductions on offer for subscriptions and purchase of hard copy sets of the Queensland Reports.

Federal Court

Included in this issue are case notes of recent decisions of the Federal Court. This is planned as a regular item for future editions. Hearsay is grateful to Justice Rangiah and the Judges of the Federal Court for this initiative and to Joanna Fear, of the Federal Court Library, Brisbane, for preparation of the notes.

Chief Justice James Allsop AO will deliver a presentation to the profession outlining new developments in the Federal Court, including the national Court framework and how the Court will manage its workload in Queensland and nationally.

The presentation will be made on Thursday 20 November 2014 at 5.30 p.m. at Court Room 1, Level 7, Commonwealth Law Courts.

Lord Neuberger on the Art of Making Sausages

Laws are like sausages – it is best not to see them being made”. So wrote Lord Neuberger, President of the UK Supreme Court, in recently addressing the Annual Conference of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on the judicial making process. Lord Neuberger’s excellent talk is able to be accessed here:

Sausages and the Judicial Process

I trust readers will find some informative and entertaining pieces.

Adrian Duffy


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