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Issue 72 - Mar 2015
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As announced in the previous edition of Hearsay, on 4 February 2015, Justice Anthe Philippides was sworn in as a Justice of Appeal and Martin Burns QC was sworn in as a Judge of the Supreme Court in the Trial Division.

As also mentioned in the previous edition, Justice Philippides needs no introduction. Among a long list of achievements, her Honour was also recently named as Queensland Patron of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association. The speech by Chief Justice French at the launch of the Association in Queensland is included in this edition.

Justice Burns joins a distinguished list of alumni of the firm of M G Lyons & Co who have been elevated to the Bench, which includes the late Justice Neil Buckley, former Senior Judge Administrator of the Family Court, Justices Colleen Moore, Peter Murphy and Michael Kent of the Family Court, Judge David Reid of the District Court and Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo.

The speech by Chief Justice Carmody on the occasion of the swearing in may be accessed here.

Prior to Christmas, the Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, announced the appointment of the Honourable Justice James Edelman to the Federal Court of Australia to be based in Brisbane. It is understood the Swearing-in ceremony will be in April 2015.

On 19 March 2015 it was announced that John Bond QC had been appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. His Honour was called to the Bar in 1987 after having served as Associate to the Hon Justice Sir Gerard Brennan at the High Court. He took silk in 1999. He served as a part time member of the Law Reform Commission for 9 years. He had an extensive commercial practice and was particularly prominent in construction law.

Congratulations to their Honours.


A ceremonial sitting of the Family Court of Australia to mark the retirement of The Honourable Justice Bell was held on Friday, 20 February 2015.

Justice Bell was the only remaining member of the Australian judiciary to hold a life appointment. His Honour was the longest serving judge of any superior court in Australia and retired on the 39th anniversary of his appointment.


It was announced as part of the Australia Day Honours list that Justice Atkinson had been appointed to the Order of Australia in the General Division for distinguished service to the judiciary and to law reform in Queensland through contributions to the legal profession and to promoting awareness of issues of injustice and inequality in Australia and internationally.

Congratulations go to her Honour from all in the profession on this very important honour.


The Honourable William Joseph Carter QC, former Judge of the Supreme Court, sadly passed away on 28 January 2015.

Bill Carter was admitted to the Bar on 16 December 1959 and practised in Townsville and Brisbane. He was appointed a judge of the District Court of Queensland on 4 February 1980. On 12 May 1983, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, from which he resigned on 31 May 1990. During his retirement years, he conducted a series of Commissions of Inquiry. A Requiem Mass was held on Wednesday, 4 February 2015, at St Columba’s Catholic Church, at Wilston, followed by interment at Nudgee Cemetery.


The Bar Council has resolved to bring CPD accreditation into line with other Australian Bars and the Bar of England and Wales and, accordingly, members will self accredit CPD activities, effective immediately. Notes on the procedure may be found in paragraphs 1 to 4 in the attached “Changes to CPD Requirements”.

To assist members, BAQ will continue to give details of available CPD points and mandatory strands for all CPD activities.

In the new CPD year commencing 1 April 2015, further accord with the CPD schemes of the other Australian Bars will be implemented. The categories in the new Rules are referred ted to in paragraph 5 of the attached document, and further updates on guidelines and policies of the new Rules will be circulated before the commencement of the new CPD year.


The annual Bar Conference for 2015 was recently completed – and a very successful and stimulating conference it was yet again. Congratulations to the conference committee and all concerned.

Some of the papers delivered at the conference are published in this edition. Hopefully more will follow.

I hope there is something useful or interesting for all readers.

Adrian Duffy


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