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Issue 73 - July 2015
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It was announced on 1 July 2015 that the Chief Justice of Queensland, the Honourable Tim Carmody, had resigned his office as Chief Justice, while remaining a judge of the Supreme Court. 

The President of the Association, Shane Doyle QC, wrote to members that the Association respected his Honour’s decision as one taken in the interests of restoring the dignity of the Court and public confidence in the administration of justice. The President continued that his Honour would have the support of the Bar in the discharge of his role as a judge of the Supreme Court and in particular as a judicial member of Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 

At the time of publication, an appointment of the next Chief Justice was yet to be announced. 


A ceremonial sitting of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia was held on Monday, 20 April 2015 to welcome the Honourable Justice James Edelman as a Judge of the Federal Court in Brisbane. 

Mr Anthony Moynihan QC, who held the position of Director of Public Prosecutions for Queensland since June 2008, has been appointed as a Judge of the District Court of Queensland. 

Congratulations and best wishes to their Honours. 


A valedictory ceremony to mark the retirement from the District Court of his Honour Judge Hugh Botting was held on Friday, 26 June 2015. 

The speech delivered by Hughes QC on the occasion of his Honour’s retirement is included in this edition. 

A valedictory ceremony was also held on 26 March 2015 to mark the retirement from the Supreme Court of the Honourable Justice Alan Wilson. The speech delivered by Diehm QC, Vice President of the Bar, may be accessed here


Robert Neilson Wensley QC, BE (Chem) (Hons), MEngSc, LLB (Hons), Hon. LLD (Qld) passed away on 19 May 2015, aged 70 years. 

Bob Wensley was called to the Bar on 16 December 1976 and was appointed silk on 2 December 1993. 

During his career as a barrister he was a Member of the Criminal Justice Commission Misconduct Tribunal from 1990 to 1993 and in 1998 was an Acting Judge of the District Court of Queensland. 

A Memorial Service to acknowledge his life and achievements and his contribution in so many areas (most notably the law and the University of Queensland and, within it, the Kings College community), was held at Kings College, on Tuesday 9 June 2015. Further details of Bob’s extraordinary contributions may be found here on the UQ website. 


The following Queen’s Birthday Honours were announced on 8 June 2015: 

The Honourable Justice Patrick Anthony Keane – Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) - For eminent service to the law and to the judiciary, through contributions to improved legal and public administration, as an advocate for increased access to justice, to ethical standards, and to a range of professional organisations. 

Justice Keane is, of course, a Life Member of the Association. 

Mr Graeme John Neate – Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 

For significant service to the law as a leading contributor to Indigenous land rights and to legal education. 

Industrial Commissioner Neate is a Member of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. 


Members are reminded that due to the unfortunate wet weather causing cancellation of the Bench & Bar Golf Day on Sunday, 3 May 2015, the event has been rescheduled for Sunday, 2 August 2015. 

As previously arranged, the event will be held at the Brisbane Golf Club, 70 Tennyson Memorial Avenue, Yeerongpilly. 


The Church Service for the Opening of the Law Year is to be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of St George, 33 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane on Monday 3 August 2015. The procession gathers at 9:15 and commences at 9:25am. Robes and decorations should be worn. 


There has been much discussion in recent times among the profession and the Judiciary about electronic recording and publishing of court proceedings. 

The Supreme Court of the United States has been making audio recordings of oral argument before the Court since 1955. Copies are kept in the National Archives. 

Recordings made since 2010 are available online and are uploaded weekly in various formats. A pdf of the transcript of argument is also available online. 


Hearsay welcomes feedback from readers about the publication and particularly, how it might be improved to better meet the needs or desires of readers. Please feel free to contact me at awduffy@qldbar.asn.au 

I trust there is something useful or interesting in this edition for all readers. 

Adrian Duffy 


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