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Issue 82 - March 2018
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Welcome to the March 2018 edition of Hearsay.

Judicial Appointments 

On 19 March 2018, Graeme Crow QC and Soraya Ryan QC were sworn in as Judges of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Justice Crow was also appointed as Central Judge based in Rockhampton. A copy of the speech given on behalf of the Bar by Vice President Treston QC may be accessed here.

Gregory Egan was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, effective from 7 February 2018.

On 8 March 2018, the Attorney General announced the appointments of:

  • Judge John Coker, formerly of the Federal Circuit Court, as a Judge of the District Court of Queensland, based in Townsville; and
  • Michael Williamson QC as a Judge of the District Court of Queensland, based in Brisbane 

Most recently, the Attorney General announced the appointment of Mr Nathan Jarro as a Judge of the District Court of Queensland effective from 26 March 2018. His Honour is the first indigenous Judge appointed in Queensland.


A valedictory ceremony was held on 9 March 2018 at the Rockhampton Supreme Court to mark the retirement of the Central Judge, the Honourable Duncan McMeekin. A copy of the speech delivered on behalf of the Bar by President Thompson QC may be accessed here.

A Valedictory Ceremony to honour and farewell his Honour Judge Brian Harrison of the District Court of Queensland, was held on Friday 16 March 2018 at the Cairns Courthouse.

Vale The Honourable John Muir QC

Members of the profession and the judiciary alike were saddened by the news that the Honourable John Muir QC passed away on 10 February 2018.

John Muir was called to the Bar in 1976 and appointed Silk in November 1986.  He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland on 7 April 1997 and then to the Queensland Court of Appeal in 2007.  He retired from the Court of Appeal on 15 December 2014.  During his time as a Judge of the Supreme Court, he was also a member of the Land Appeal Court from 1997 to 2000 and Chairman of the Queensland Law Reform Commission from 1998 to 2001.

He was a long serving Committee Member of the Bar Practice Course and was actively involved with the Bar Association presenting at many conferences, CPD sessions and the Bar Practice Course. He was a great supporter of the Bar and a mentor to many.

After a courageous battle with illness, John passed away peacefully aged 73 years. His funeral was held on Friday 16 February 2018 at the Cathedral of St Stephen.

He was a credit to the profession and the judiciary of this State. He will be sorely missed.

QCAT Sessional Members - Invitation to Express Interest

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal is seeking expressions of interest are sought from legally qualified professionals for appointment as QCAT Ordinary members on a sessional basis. More information is available on the QCAT website. The closing date is 27 April 2018.

Queensland Judgments Website

On 2 March 2018, the President, Sandy Thompson QC, announced the launch of the new Queensland Judgments website, hosted by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland and the Supreme Court Library of Queensland.

As the President said, the website is the product of a number of years of work by members of the Bar associated with the ICLRQ and the SCLQ, and contains a complete set of the Queensland Reports, published in both its original format (PDF) and in a searchable online format.

The website, presently in beta version, also contains:

  • a complete set of recent unreported Supreme Court judgments (from 2002), which is being gradually expanded as the Library’s full print collection of unreported Supreme Court judgments is digitised.
  • an appeal database, which provides current and historical data about appeals from judgments in the collection.
  • a new UCPR service, which seeks to identify the leading judgments on civil procedure in Queensland. 

Readers can visit the Queensland Judgments Website and register to obtain full access.

This Edition

In this issue we have some outstanding papers originally delivered at the recent Bar Conference, including papers by the Chief Justice of Western Australia, Justice Dowsett of the Federal Court and Professor Michael Legg.

There is also an excellent paper by Stephen Lee containing a detailed analysis of awards of interest in equity, as well as a number of entertaining and informative book reviews and other items, which I trust readers will find interesting.

In the Speeches and Legal Articles of Interest section, readers are given links to the Queensland Flood litigation live streaming and access to court documents. While being tried in Sydney, the case is occupying a number of members of the Queensland Bar (including the President) and, of course, is of vital interest to Queenslanders generally.

Be safe over the Easter break. Happy reading!  

Adrian Duffy QC


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