A Snapshot of Queensland’s Legal Heritage

A Snapshot of Queensland’s Legal Heritage

February 11, 1788

First judge-advocate in the Court of Criminal Jurisdiction
Captain David Collins landed in the colony of New South Wales to serve as the first judge-advocate, a position which could be filled by a military or civilian official without legal qualifications.

October 13, 1823

Third Charter of Justice created the Supreme Court of New South Wales
The Charter created this new court to replace both the Court of Criminal Jurisidction and the original Supreme Court. It also effected the appointment of its first Chief Justice, Francis Forbes.

February 12, 1825

First civil jury sitting in R v Cooper (1825) NSWSupC 9
The Attorney-General brought action on behalf of the King against brewery owner Mr. Robert Cooper, for possession of a parcel of Crown land without legal authority. The jury found Cooper did not possess a Crown grant in the correct legal form, he had possession of the land in a way long accepted in the colony. The case was heard by the first civil jury in the new Supreme Court of New South Wales.

June 10, 1826

Rv Boyd and Drummond (1826) NSWSupC35
Two stockmen were convicted and later sentenced to death for stealing sheep. This was the first trial where a justice at Moreton Bay committed an offender for trial before the Supreme Court in Sydney, meaning transport had to be arranged for the offender, a guard and witnesses on one of the vessels that periodically visited Moreton Bay. Such arrangements were usually made for serious offences only.

May 22, 1840

End of transportation of convicts to New South Wales and Moreton Bay
Transportation to New South Wales and Moreton Bay ended with a proclamation excluding them from the places "in His Majesty's possessions in New Holland" to which offenders might be transported.

May 13, 1850

First sitting of circuit court in Brisbane
In 1850, Brisbane was included in the list of regional centres at which a circuit court would be conducted by a visiting judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Mr. Justice Therry was the first judge to hear cases in Brisbane.

July 16, 1855

New South Wales Constitution Act 1855 (UK) enacted
The Act established a new constitution for the colony and introduced a new system of responsible government based on the Westminster model. It also authorised the British Crown, by Letters Patent, to erect a new colony from any territory separated from New South Wales, and introduced key reforms to the position of the judiciary

November 30, 1855

Moreton Bay Judge Act 1955 (NSW) enacted
The Act appointed a fourth judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales to assume responsibility for dealing with Moreton Bay matters.

April 1, 1857

Moreton Bay Supreme Court Act 1857 (NSW) enacted
The Act created a new Supreme Court at Moreton Bay, with Mr. Justice Milford appointed as the first resident judge.

July 14, 1858

Queensland's first Crown Prosecutor appeared in the criminal sittings of the Supreme Court
Ratcliffe Pring was appointed as the first Crown Prosecutor of the Supreme Court at Moreton Bay in March 1857. He appeared in the first sittings of the criminal jurisdiction in July 1858.

December 10, 1859

Proclamation of Queensland and letters patent
The Letters Patent was published and the new Governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen, arrived in Brisbane to proclaim the new colony. Authorised by Queen Victoria on 6 June 1859, the Letters Patent was the legal instrument that formally separated Queensland from New South Wales.

December 17, 1859

Robert Little appointed Queensland's first Crown Solicitor
Little began a long tenure as the colony's first Crown Solicitor while retaining a right of private practice. He continued in private practice until 1882, when the position of Crown Solicitor became a separate appointment which he held until his death in 1890.

February 6, 1860

First Supreme Court Hearings
Sittings of the Supreme Court of Queensland convened for the first time in Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Maryborough. However, after dealing with some short insolvency matters in Brisbane during January, the first civil sittings of the Supreme Court were held in Ipswich on 6 February 1860

April 17, 1860

Bank of Australia v Harris (1860) 1 SCR (NSW) App 12
In this case, the Full Court of the Supreme Court of New South Wales held that an appeal from the Supreme Court at Moreton Bay which was validly instituted before Queensland's separation from New South Wales had become incompetent because, upon separation, an independent community and court had come into existence in Queensland.

September 11, 1860

Supreme Court Constitution Amendment Bill 1860 (QLD) under fire
Ratcliffe Pring introduced the Bill to Parliament to formalise the existing constitution and powers of the court. The Bill stirred public controversy by including a substantial reduction in Alfred Lutwyche's judicial salary and laid down a procedure for his removal from office. It was returned for resubmission to Parliament in Queensland.

July 5, 1861

Supreme Court Library established
The Legislative Assembly voted to establish an extensive public law library for use by the Supreme Court and the legal profession.

August 7, 1861

Admission of Barristers and Solicitors
The Supreme Court Constitution Amendment Act 1861 (Qld) provided for the admission of Barristers and Solicitors.

August 7, 1861

Supreme Court Constitution Amendment Act 1861 (QLD)
The Act retained the core provisions of the rejected Supreme Court Constitution Amendment Bill 1860 (Qld) and was enacted to clarify Queensland's constitution, jurisdiction, powers and administration. The Act formally conferred on the Supreme Court of Queensland its name and constitutional charter but was not expressly framed to create a new court.

August 7, 1861

Alfred Lutwyche becomes the Court's first Judge
On 21 February 1859, Lutwyche received a commission from the Governor of New South Wales appointing him a judge of the Supreme Court at Moreton Bay. Lutwyche became the only judge of the Supreme Court in the Colony of Queensland. He served until his death on 12 June 1880. View judicial profile...

August 23, 1861

R v Pugh (1862) 1 QSCR 63
The editor of The Moreton Bay Courier, Theophilus Pugh, was prosecuted for seditious libel after publishing an editorial on 30 July 1861 which supported Alfred Lutwyche and attacked Queensland's Legislative Council in light of the Supreme Court Constitution Amendment Bill 1860. The jury found Pugh not guilty

December 7, 1861

First Circuit Courts
Proclamation of Ipswich, Toowoomba and Maryborough as circuits

April 30, 1862

First Supreme Court Librarian
Robert Thorrold appointed as the first Supreme Court Librarian.

July 8, 1862

Additional Judge Act 1862 (QLD) received Royal Assent
The Act provided for the appointment of a second Supreme Court Judge.

February 23, 1863

Queensland's First Chief Justice
James Cockle was appointed the first Chief Justice of Queensland. He retired on 18 June 1879. View judicial profile...

April 6, 1863

First Rockhampton Circuit Court Commenced
The first sitting was held by Cockle CJ on Monday, 6 April 1863.

September 21, 1863

First Supreme Court of Queensland established
The Supreme Court Act 1863 (Qld) retrospectively established the Supreme Court from separation on 10 December 1859

March 25, 1865

Matrimonial Causes Jurisdiction Act 1864 (QLD) received royal assent
The Act vested jurisdiction in all matrimonial suits and matters except in respect of marriage licences to be exercised by the Supreme Court of Queensland. Previously the court had no jurisdiction to grant divorces.

December 1, 1865

Edmund Sheppard
Appointed first Judge of the District Court. Sheppard resigned from the District Court on 17 July 1874 to be appointed Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court, Northern Judge to reside at Bowen. View judicial profile...

December 1, 1865

Charles William Blakeney
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 9 September 1875. View judicial profile...

December 9, 1865

Joseph George Long Innes
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Resigned on 6 July 1869. View judicial profile...

December 27, 1865

Queensland's first Queens Counsel
Charles Lilley was appointed Queensland’s first Queen’s Counsel.

July 6, 1869

William Henry Abbott Hirst
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Removed from office on 3 January 1878 due to misconduct. View judicial profile...

December 18, 1871

R v Coath (1871) 2 QSCR 178
The Supreme Court held that it had jurisdiction to try the defendants on charges of kidnapping when the British ship Jason forcibly seized and detained inhabitants from the South Sea Islands, transported them to Maryborough and set them free. The case contained a significant review of the history of slavery.

June 27, 1872

Pacific Islanders Protection Act 1872 (imp) enacted
The Act was modelled on anti-slavery legislation and provided protection to Pacific Islanders against kidnapping and deceptions by colonists seeking to find agricultural workers. The Act allowed prosecutions in the Supreme Court for kidnapping and seizure of offending vehicles.

August 7, 1873

The Queensland Law Society was formed
The first annual meeting of the members of the Queensland Law Society was held on 29 September 1874.

June 30, 1874

Supreme Court Act 1874 (Qld) provided for the establishment of the Northern District and for sittings to be held at Bowen
On 17 July 1874, Edmund Sheppard was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland as the inaugural Northern Judge.

June 30, 1874

Supreme Court Act 1874 (QLD) received royal assent
The Act doubled the size of the court from two judges to four.

June 30, 1874

Supreme Court Act 1874 (Qld) granted solicitors a right of audience before single Judges of the Supreme Court and circuit Judges
Until 1881, barristers retained an exclusive right of appearance before the Supreme Court sitting en Banc.

July 4, 1874

Sir Charles Lilley
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Lilley resigned on 13 February 1893.View judicial profile...

August 3, 1874

George William Paul
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Died in office on 10 December 1909. View judicial profile...

October 1, 1874

Insolvency Act 1874 (QLD) came into force
The Act provided that the Supreme Court should be the court of insolvency for Queensland.

December 18, 1875

Ratcliffe Pring
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Pring resigned on 16 November 1876 and was later appointed Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

November 19, 1876

Tender released for Maryborough Courthouse
The lowest tender by local contractor, John Thomas Annear, for the Courthouse was accepted and construction was completed within twelve months at a cost of £7,345.

January 1, 1877

Judicature Act 1876 (Qld) came into force
Following the 1872 Civil Procedure Reform Commission, Queensland substantively adopted the English Judicature Acts which carried reforms to simplify and streamline existing court structures and procedures.

January 1, 1877

Isidore John Blake QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Died in office on 10 October 1882. View judicial profile...

February 20, 1878

Henry Lindsay Hely
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Died in office on 30 December 1882. View judicial profile...

May 30, 1878

Last sitting in the Convict Barracks
The Court sits for the last time in the Convict Barracks before moving to its location on George Street.

March 6, 1879

Opening of Supreme Court building in George Street
On 6 March 1879 the new Supreme Court Building opened after several years of planning and construction at a cost of £33,589.

June 24, 1879

Sir Charles Lilley appointed Chief Justice
After the resignation of Cockle CJ, Lilley was appointed second Chief Justice of Queensland on 24 June 1879. View judicial profile...

July 15, 1879

George Harding
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Harding died in office, at the Supreme Courthouse in Brisbane, on 31 August 1895. View judicial profile...

November 16, 1880

Ratcliffe Pring
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Pring died in office on 25 March 1885. View judicial profile...

August 25, 1881

Miles v McIlwraith (1881) 1 QLJ 49b
Member of Parliament William Miles brought a civil action against premier Sir Thomas McIlwraith to implicate McIlwraith in a contract for the conveyance of migrants on the ship Scottish Hero in light of investigations into over-priced contracts for the purchase and carriage of steel rails for railway construction. The jury dismissed the action. The case was the first test of the court's ability to resolve a politically charged issue.

October 10, 1881

Legal Practitioners Act 1881 (Qld) received royal assent
The Act allowed both barristers and solicitors to undertake work within the province of the other branch of the profession. These provisions remained in force until 1938 but were of limited practical effect. However, a lasting change was the qualifications for appointment to the court where practising solicitors with five years' experience could be eligible for appointment.

November 8, 1882

Granville George Miller
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Died in office on 6 July 1910. View judicial profile...

January 5, 1883

Sir Pope Alexander Cooper
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Cooper retired on 31 March 1922 after serving 39 years as a judge, the court's longest serving judge to date. View judicial profile...

January 5, 1883

Arthur Baptist Noel
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 31 March 1909. View judicial profile...

January 5, 1883

Charles Stuart Mein
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Mein was the first solicitor appointed to the Court. He died in office on 30 June 1890. View judicial profile...

January 1, 1887

Justices Act 1886 (Qld) came into force
The Act consolidated and amended the laws relating to Justices of the Peace and their powers and authorities.

October 11, 1889

Defamation Act 1889 (Qld) received royal assent
The Act declared and amended the law relating to defamation.

November 13, 1889

Northern Court moved to Townsville
The Supreme Court Act 1889 (Qld) required that the Northern Court be held at Townsville and increased the number of Judges of the Court to five, of whom two were to be Northern Judges.

December 2, 1889

Charles Edward Chubb
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Chubb retired on 31 March 1922. View judicial profile...

July 8, 1890

Patrick Real
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Real retired on 21 March 1922. View judicial profile...

January 5, 1891

Shearers' strike of 1891
Tensions between the Australian shearers' union and Queensland pastoralists over the use of non-union labour, working conditions and pay erupted into major strike action in January 1891 and caused mass civil unrest.

April 14, 1892

Appeals are to be heard before three Judges
An amendment to The Supreme Court Act 1867 (Qld) provided that the Full Court is to be made up of three judges.

July 21, 1892

Criminal Law Amendment Act 1892 (Qld) received royal assent
The Act carried a number of important reforms to Queensland's criminal law. In particular, it allowed criminal defendants for the first time to give sworn evidence in their own defence in trials on indictment.

August 16, 1892

Queensland Investment and Land Mortgage Company Ltd v Grimley 4 QLJ 224
The case concerned English money-lending company QILM against Grimley, one of its borrowers who defaulted on a loan, and its four local directors for knowingly or negligently lending the funds without taking sufficient security. Notable was the identity of the defendants who were all leading Queensland political and banking figures.

March 1, 1893

Chief Justice's Salary Act 1892 (Qld) came into force
The Act amended the Supreme Court Act 1874 (Qld) and established the salary of the Chief Justice to three thousand five hundred pounds per annum.

March 13, 1893

Sir Samuel Walker Griffith appointed Chief Justice
On 13 March 1893, Griffith was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court and the third Chief Justice of Queensland. He resigned from the Supreme Court on his appointment to the High Court of Australia as its first Chief Justice on 5 October 1903. View judicial profile...

October 18, 1893

Supreme Court Act 1893 (Qld) received royal assent
The Act added more flexibility to the number of judges required for appeals and permitted a judge of the Full Court to read out a written judgment that had been prepared by an absent judge for matters which would have previously required all the judges to reassemble to deliver a reserved judgment.

December 19,1895

Supreme Court Act 1895 (Qld) received royal assent
The Act established the Central District and provided for sittings of the Supreme Court to be held in Rockhampton.

December 20, 1895

Virgil Power
Virgil Power was the first Queensland-born judge of the Supreme Court and the first judge appointed as Central judge, based at Rockhampton. He retired on 20 December 1910. View judicial profile...

February 23, 1898

Edward Mansfield
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Died in office on 11 September 1905. View judicial profile...

November 7, 1898

R v Hart (1898) 9 QLJ 95
This case concerned whether the Board members of the Queensland National Bank could be criminally implicated in the misdeeds of its executives. The jury acquitted all defendants. The case is significant as there was a new focus placed upon judicial propriety; the government refused to permit Sir Samuel Griffith to act in place of the governor, during his absence from the colony, to evade any taint on his position as trial judge.

January 1, 1901

Federation
A significant legal milestone was the federation of the Australian colonies into a new Commonwealth of Australia. Sir Samuel Griffith played an important role in drafting the Australian Constitution, which vested in the courts an important new jurisdiction to determine the validity of statutes and governmental acts. Federation also meant Griffith took up an appointment as the first Chief Justice of the new High Court of Australia.

January 1, 1901

Repealing Rules 1900 and Rules of the Supreme Court 1900 commenced
The Rules represented a major reform and simplification of the procedural rules for civil matters. They remained largely in force in Queensland until the adoption of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules in 1999.

November 30, 1901

Establishment of the Council of Law Reporting
The Council of Law Reporting reported Supreme Court decisions in the State Reports Queensland. The Council of Law Reporting was incorporated on 7 November 1907 under the Queensland Companies Act 1863.

June 12, 1903

Bar Association of Queensland formed
The Bar Association of Queensland was established in 1903 as the professional body representing the interests of members of the Bar practising in Queensland. The then Attorney-General of Queensland, Sir Arthur Rutledge KC, was appointed as Chair and Arthur Feez as President.

August 5, 1903

Sir Samuel Walker Griffith appointed the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia
Griffith resigned from the Supreme Court upon his appointment to the High Court of Australia as its first Chief Justice on 5 October 1903. He resigned on 17 October 1919. View judicial profile...

October 6, 1903

First High Court Sitting
The inaugural sitting of the High Court of Australia was held in the Banco Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, with Sir Samuel Griffith as Chief Justice. View judicial profile...

October 21, 1903

Sir Pope Alexander Cooper appointed Chief Justice
Cooper was the first Australian-born judge of the court and remains the youngest judge ever appointed to the court at age 36. After the appointment of Griffith CJ to the High Court of Australia, Cooper became the fourth Chief Justice of Queensland on 21 October 1903. View judicial profile...

November 9, 1905

Legal Practitioners Act 1905 (Qld) received royal assent
The Act enabled the admission of women to the legal profession. Queensland became the third state in Australia to enable women to be admitted to the legal profession.

March 22, 1906

Sir Arthur Rutledge KC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Died in office on 8 February 1917 View judicial profile...

November 3, 1908

William Alfred Byam Shand
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Shand resigned on 30 June 1925. View judicial profile...

September 1, 1909

Allan Wight Macnaughton
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Upon the abolition of the District Court, Macnaughton was appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland. He retired, at the statutory retirement age, in March 1929. View judicial profile...

July 11, 1910

Charles Jameson
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Jameson resigned from the District Court when he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court on 1 April 1922. View judicial profile...

December 21, 1910

Lionel Oscar Lukin
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Lukin resigned in 1943. View judicial profile...

September 22, 1913

Last execution in Queensland
Ernest Austin was hanged on 22 September 1913 for the murder of Ivy Mitchell, almost a full decade before the death penalty was abolished in 1922.

November 26, 1913

Criminal Code Amendment Act 1913 (Qld) received royal assent
The Act created a new Court of Criminal Appeal as a criminal division of the Full Court. The Court was conferred with extensive powers to review the conduct and outcome of criminal trials.

December 9, 1915

Thomas O'Sullivan KC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. O'Sullivan retired from the District Court when he was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court from 1 April 1922. View judicial profile...

January 12, 1917

Industrial Arbitration Act 1916 (Qld) came into force
The Act deemed the Court of Industrial Arbitration as a branch of the Supreme Court with its judges (who were appointed for a limited term) being able to hold dual appointments as judges of the Supreme Court. This concept of a fixed term appeared to conflict with the Constitution Act 1867 (Qld).

September 6, 1917

Taylor v Attorney General of Queensland (1917) 23 CLR 456
On appeal to the High Court, this case confirmed that the Queensland Parliament had the power to abolish the Upper House by legislation

October 12, 1917

Thomas William McCawley
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. McCawley died in office on 16 April 1925. View judicial profile...

March 8, 1920

McCawley v R [1920] AC 691
This case questioned whether William McCawley’s appointment as judge of the Supreme Court was valid. His appointment was controversial as he was thought to be insufficiently qualified for appointment. After two years of legal dispute, the Privy Council reversed the decision of the High Court, and McCawley’s appointment was vindicated.

November 5, 1921

Supreme Court Act 1921 (Qld) abolished the District Court
The Act made every Judge of the District Court a Judge of the Supreme Court. It reduced total judicial strength to a maximum of seven Judges.

March 31, 1922

Judges’ Retirement Act 1921 (Qld) came into force
The Judges’ Retirement Act 1921 (Qld) fixed an age limit of 70 for the retirement of Judges of the Supreme Court. The Act effectively removed Cooper CJ, Real and Chubb JJ from office.

March 31, 1922

Charles Jameson
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Jameson retired on 15 December 1922. View judicial profile...

March 31, 1922

Allan Wight Macnaughton
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Macnaughton retired in March 1929. View judicial profile...

March 31, 1922

Thomas O'Sullivan
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. O'Sullivan resigned on 2 December 1926. View judicial profile...

April 1, 1922

Thomas William McCawley appointed Chief Justice
After the three most senior members of the Supreme Court were compulsorily retired by statute, McCawley was appointed the fifth Chief Justice of Queensland at the age of 40, the youngest Chief Justice in the court’s history.View judicial profile...

April 1, 1922

James William Blair
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Blair retired on 16 May 1940. View judicial profile...

July 31, 1922

Criminal Code Amendment Act 1922 (Qld) received royal assent
The Act abolished capital punishment. Queensland was the first jurisdiction in the British Empire to abolish the death penalty.

September 29, 1922

R v Connolly and Sleeman [1922] St R Qd 278
This case involved an attempt to bribe a Member of Parliament, and future judge, Frank Brennan. Brennan pretended to agree with the arrangement, but immediately reported the matter to the police. The defendants were convicted and sentenced to a term of imprisonment.

January 24, 1923

Robert Johnstone Douglas
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Douglas retired on 12 April 1953. View judicial profile...

October 1, 1924

Jury Amendment Act 1923 (Qld) came into force
The Act made women eligible for jury service. The amendment included a redefinition whereby women aged twenty-one to sixty could serve on juries.

April 24, 1925

Sir William Flood Webb
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Webb retired from the High Court of Australia on 16 May 1958. View judicial profile...

April 24, 1925

Sir James William Blair appointed Chief Justice
Blair was appointed the sixth Chief Justice of Queensland.View judicial profile...

July 1, 1925

Frank Tennison Brennan
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Brennan died in office on 6 August 1949. View judicial profile...

July 23, 1926

Hugh Denis Macrossan
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Macrossan died in office on 23 June 1940. View judicial profile...

February 1, 1927

John Laskey Woolcock
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Woolcock died in office on 18 January 1929. View judicial profile...

August 1, 1928

Supreme Court vested with federal jurisdiction in bankruptcy
The Bankruptcy Act 1924 (Cth) invested the Court with federal jurisdiction in bankruptcy.

February 6, 1929

Charles Stumm
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Stumm died in office on 28 February 1929. View judicial profile...

March 5, 1929

Hereward Humfrey Henchman
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Henchman died in office on 25 April 1939. View judicial profile...

March 22, 1929

Edward Archibald Douglas
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Douglas died in office on 27 August 1947. View judicial profile...

December 20, 1934

Abolition of special juries
The Jury Act Amendment Act 1934 (Qld) abolished special juries and provided that those on the electoral roll are eligible to serve on juries.

May 1, 1936

Establishment of The University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law
The first Bachelor of Laws students of the University of Queensland Law School graduated in 1938, Ms Una Bick, followed by Lex Dunn and Lionel Morrison. Harry Gibbs and Thomas Matthews remained an additional year to complete an honours degree.

May 4, 1939

Sir Roslyn Foster Bowie Philp
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Philp died in office on 19 March 1965. View judicial profile...

May 17, 1940

Hugh Denis Macrossan appointed Chief Justice
Upon the retirement of Blair CJ, Macrossan was appointed the seventh Chief Justice of Queensland. He died in office 5 weeks later on 23 June 1940. View judicial profile...

May 17, 1940

Sir Alan James Mansfield
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Mansfield resigned on 21 February 1966 to take up appointment as governor of Queensland. View judicial profile...

June 27, 1940

Sir William Flood Webb appointed Chief Justice
After a short tenure as senior puisne judge in 1940, Webb succeeded Hugh Macrossan to become the seventh Chief Justice of Queensland. He retired from the Supreme Court to take up an appointment as a judge of the High Court on 16 May 1946. View judicial profile...

June 29, 1940

Neal William Macrossan
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Macrossan died in office on 30 December 1955. View judicial profile...

June 1, 1943

Jury (War Emergency) Act 1942 (Qld) came into force
The Act reduced the size of juries in criminal trials and increased the age limit for those eligible to serve as jurors from 60 to 65 years.

April 25, 1946

Benjamin Henry Matthews
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Matthews retired on 23 December 1961. View judicial profile...

April 25, 1946

Neal William Macrossan appointed Chief Justice
Macrossan was appointed the ninth Chief Justice of Queensland. View judicial profile...

February 6, 1947

Edwin James Droughton Stanley
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Stanley retired on 30 October 1964. View judicial profile...

September 2, 1947

Joseph Aloysius Sheehy KBE
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Sheehy retired on 14 April 1970. View judicial profile...

August 8, 1949

Kenneth Russell Townley
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Townley retired on 5 July 1962. View judicial profile...

July 20, 1950

Sir William George Albert Mack
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Mack retired on 12 May 1971. View judicial profile...

October 16, 1952

Thomas Carlyle O'Hagan
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. O'Hagan died in office on 18 July 1958. View judicial profile...

November 20, 1952

Thomas Maurice Barry
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Barry resigned on 3 February 1955. View judicial profile...

July 23, 1953

Sir Mostyn Hanger
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Hanger retired on 18 July 1977. View judicial profile...

February 10, 1955

Leslie Brown
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Brown died in office on 12 December 1961.View judicial profile...

February 2, 1956

Bernard Joseph Jeffriess
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Jeffriess retired on 10 July 1965.View judicial profile...

February 9, 1956

Sir Alan James Mansfield appointed Chief Justice
Mansfield was appointed the tenth Chief Justice of Queensland. View judicial profile...

February 27, 1958

Sir Charles Gray Wanstall
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Wanstall retired on 17 February 1982. View judicial profile...

July 24, 1958

Norton Sheridan Stable
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Stable retired in 1979. View judicial profile...

March 19, 1959

Parliament restored the District Court
Key provisions in the District Courts Act 1958 (Qld) came to force. The first judges appointed to the reconstituted court included Sir Dormer Andrews, His Honour Judge Ralph Cormack and His Honour William Grant-Taylor. The remaining provisions of the Act came to force on 9 April 1959.

April 2, 1959

Ralph Francis Joseph Cormack
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 29 July 1977. View judicial profile...

April 2, 1959

William Murray Grant-Taylor
Appointed Judge of the District Court. In 1971, Grant-Taylor was also appointed Chairman of the District Court, a position he held until 1983. Retired from the bench on 3 November 1986. View judicial profile...

April 2, 1959

Sir Dormer George Andrews
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Andrews retired from the District Court when he was appointed to the Supreme Court on 13 May 1971. View judicial profile...

February 11, 1940

Reginald Francis Carter
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Carter retired on 24 April 1978. View judicial profile...

January 26, 1961

George Seaman
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 15 December 1974. View judicial profile...

June 8, 1961

Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Gibbs retired from the High Court of Australia on 5 February 1987. View judicial profile...

February 8, 1962

Edwin John Moynahan
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 1 May 1972. View judicial profile...

July 26, 1962

Russell Wigton Skerman
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Skerman retired on 1 September 1973. View judicial profile...

February 11, 1963

Graham Lloyd Hart
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Hart died in office on 18 April 1974. View judicial profile...

November 18, 1963

Geoffrey Arthur George Lucas AC
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Lucas retired on 17 February 1982. View judicial profile...

January 11, 1965

Douglas Malcolm Campbell
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Campbell resigned on 4 August 1985. View judicial profile...

February 11, 1965

James Archibald Douglas
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Douglas died in office on 2 February 1984. View judicial profile...

May 13, 1965

Sir Dormer George Andrews appointed Chairman of the District Courts
Andrews was appointed the first Chairman of the District Courts. View judicial profile...

January 20, 1966

Leonard Lindsay Byth
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Also appointed Chairman of the District Court on 5 September 1983. Retired on 15 February 1988. View judicial profile...

February 22, 1966

Sir William George Albert Mack appointed Chief Justice
Mack had served as acting Chief Justice from 13 September 1965 until his permanent appointment as the eleventh Chief Justice of Queensland. View judicial profile...

May 12, 1966

Marcus Bertram Hoare CMG
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Hoare retired on 3 March 1980. View judicial profile...

July 13, 1967

Sir Walter Benjamin Campbell AC
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Campbell resigned on 7 July 1985 to take up appointment as governor of Queensland. View judicial profile...

August 14, 1967

Ronald Henry Matthews
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Matthews resigned on 10 February 1989. View judicial profile...

January 1, 1968

Bernard Michael McLoughlin
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 23 September 1987. View judicial profile...

January 1, 1968

Vaux Morisset Nicholson
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Died in office on 9 February 1976. View judicial profile...

May 23, 1968

Edmund George Broad DFC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 2 January 1991. View judicial profile...

September 1, 1968

An arson attack destroyed the Supreme Court building
In the early hours of the morning of Sunday, 1 September 1968, a fire gutted a substantial part of the Supreme Court building in Brisbane.

February 10, 1969

Vivian Martin Mylne QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 16 August 1982. View judicial profile...

November 6, 1969

Sir Joseph Patrick George Kneipp
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Kneipp retired on 13 November 1992. View judicial profile...

December 18, 1969

Alan Keith McCracken
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 11 August 1989. View judicial profile...

May 13, 1971

Sir Edward Stratten Williams
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Williams resigned on 17 February 1984. View judicial profile...

May 13, 1971

Sir Dormer George Andrews
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Andrews retired on 7 April 1989. View judicial profile...

May 13, 1971

Sir Mostyn Hanger appointed Chief Justice
Hanger was appointed the twelfth Chief Justice of Queensland. View judicial profile...

October 28, 1971

Vincent James Finn
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 24 August 1981. View judicial profile...

February 8, 1972

Cornelius Francis McLoughlin
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 15 February 1988. View judicial profile...

May 19, 1972

Alan George Demack AO
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Demack resigned from the District Court on 20 January 1976 and was appointed to the Family Court of Australia the next day. He was later appointed to the Supreme Court on 16 January 1978. View judicial profile...

December 14, 1972

John Patrick Shanahan AO RFD ED
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Appointed Chief Judge of the District Court on 18 July 1994. Retired on 9 August 1999. View judicial profile...

December 14, 1972

James Thomas Gibney
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 30 June 1984. View judicial profile...

September 25, 1973

Jack Lawrence Kelly CBE RFD
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Kelly retired on 24 September 1990. View judicial profile...

April 30, 1974

James David Dunn
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Dunn died in office on 29 March 1983. View judicial profile...

February 3, 1975

Frederick McGuire AO
Appointed Judge of the District Court. First President of the Childrens Court. Retired on 4 January 1999. View judicial profile...

February 3, 1975

James Leo McNamara
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Died in office on 18 September 1980. View judicial profile...

September 4, 1975

Alan Stewart Given
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Died in office on 9 April 1989. View judicial profile...

October 1, 1975

The new Townsville Courthouse opened
The new Townsville Courthouse officially opened and named the Edmund Sheppard Building after the first Northern judge of the Supreme Court.

January 5, 1976

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) came into force
The Act established the Family Court. The Act vests exclusive jurisdiction in matrimonial causes in the Family Court of Australia.

February 2, 1976

John Westlake Barrett Helman
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Helman resigned from the District Court on 16 December 1994 and was appointed to the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

February 19, 1976

John Patrick Kimmins
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 9 September 1995. View judicial profile...

March 9, 1976

John Mostyn Hanger
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Hanger retired on 11 August 2001. View judicial profile...

December 9, 1976

The Federal Court of Australia was established
The Federal Court of Australia is established with concurrent and exclusive jurisdiction in federal matters.

January 20, 1977

Charles Dean Sheahan
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Sheahan retired on 20 January 1985. View judicial profile...

July 20, 1977

Sir Charles Gray Wanstall appointed Chief Justice
Wanstall was appointed the thirteenth Chief Justice of Queensland. View judicial profile...

October 31, 1977

Peter David Connolly CBE
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Connolly retired on 12 September 1990. View judicial profile...

December 16, 1978

Alan George Demack AO
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Demack resigned on 19 May 2000. View judicial profile...

February 4, 1980

John Murtagh Macrossan AC
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Macrossan resigned on 16 February 1998. View judicial profile...

February 4, 1980

William Joseph Carter QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Carter resigned from the District Court on 12 May 1983 when he was appointed to the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

February 4, 1980

Kevin Frank Charles Row
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 12 July 1994. View judicial profile...

September 30, 1980

Position of Master of the Supreme Court established
The Supreme Court Acts Amendment Act 1980 (Qld) established the position of Master. William Lee QC was appointed the first Master of the Supreme Court on 10 November 1980.

October 16, 1980

Royce Noel Miller QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Resigned on 25 May 1990. View judicial profile...

November 28, 1980

Henry Weld appointed as Master of the Supreme Court
Weld was appointed the second Master of the Supreme Court. He resigned in 1988. View judicial profile...

August 24, 1981

Brian William Ambrose QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Ambrose resigned from the District Court on 8 July 1985 when he was appointed to the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

September 2, 1981

New Supreme Court building on George St officially opened
On 2 September 1981, the new Supreme Court building in Brisbane was officially opened in the presence of the Governor (Sir James Ramsay), the Chief Justice (Wanstall CJ), the Chief Justice of the High Court (Gibbs CJ), the Queensland judiciary and the legal profession.

January 28, 1982

Bruce Harvey McPherson CBE
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. McPherson was appointed one of the inaugural judges of appeal on 16 December 1991. He retired on 23 September 2006. View judicial profile...

February 18, 1982

James Burrows Thomas AM
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Thomas resigned on 24 March 2002. View judicial profile...

February 18, 1982

Sir Walter Benjamin Campbell AC appointed Chief Justice
Campbell was appointed the fourteenth Chief Justice of Queensland. View judicial profile...

February 18, 1982

Tom Farquhar Shepherdson
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Shepherdson retired on 1 March 2000. View judicial profile...

October 29, 1982

Nelson Anthony Skoien
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Skoien retired on 26 September 2008. View judicial profile...

October 29, 1982

Eric Charles Ernest Pratt QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Pratt retired on 20 February 2001. View judicial profile...

December 3, 1982

Desmond Keith Derrington
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Derrington retired on 5 April 2000. View judicial profile...

December 3, 1982

Glen Norman Williams AO
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Williams retired on 24 January 2008. View judicial profile...

February 4, 1983

Robert David Hall
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 27 February 2004. View judicial profile...

May 12, 1983

William Joseph Carter
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Carter resigned on 31 May 1990. View judicial profile...

October 3, 1983

Thomas Joseph Quirk
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 7 May 2004. View judicial profile...

October 3, 1983

Gilbert Trafford-Walker
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Trafford-Walker retired in 2009. View judicial profile...

February 13, 1984

Martin Patrick Moynihan AO
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Moynihan retired on 24 August 2007. View judicial profile...

February 13, 1984

Angelo Vasta
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Following an Inquiry, Vasta was removed from office on 8 June 1989. View judicial profile...

February 13, 1984

Kevin William Ryan CBE RFD
Appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court. Ryan resigned on 15 April 1994. View judicial profile...

July 26, 1984

Warren Archibald Howell
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired in 2009. View judicial profile...

February 4, 1985

Paul de Jersey AC
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Since 17 February 1998, de Jersey has been serving as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

July 8, 1985

Brian William Ambrose
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Ambrose retired on 11 September 2003. View judicial profile...

July 8, 1985

Sir Dormer George Andrews appointed Chief Justice
Andrews was appointed the fifteenth Chief Justice of Queensland. View judicial profile...

July 29, 1985

John Alfred Dowsett AM
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Dowsett resigned on 14 September 1998 when he was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. View judicial profile...

November 11, 1985

Ian McGregor Wylie QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 10 January 2007. View judicial profile...

March 3, 1986

Australia Act 1986 (Cth) came into force
The Act closed avenues for appeals from State Supreme Courts to the Privy Council and established the High Court as the final court of appeal.

March 14, 1986

Keith Stuart Dodds
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Dodds retired in 2011. View judicial profile...

November 4, 1986

James Joseph Clifford
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Resigned on 14 May 1987. View judicial profile...

February 10, 1987

Anthony Joseph Healy QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 7 March 2005. View judicial profile...

February 18, 1988

Manus Boyce QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 5 October 2004. View judicial profile...

February 18, 1988

John Westlake Barrett Helman appointed Chairman of the District Courts
Helman was appointed the fourth Chairman of the District Courts. View judicial profile...

February 18, 1988

Garry Spencer Forno QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Forno retired on 25 February 2008. View judicial profile...

February 22, 1988

Brian James Boulton
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 13 November 2004. View judicial profile...

February 29, 1988

Maxwell George Morley QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 4 October 1998. View judicial profile...

August 15, 1988

Neil McLauchlan QC appointed as Master of the Supreme Court
McLauchlan was appointed the third Master of the Supreme Court for a short period of time in 1988. View judicial profile...

February 2, 1989

Richard Ellard Cooper
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Cooper resigned from the Supreme Court on 30 March 1992 to take up an appointment as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. He died in office on 14 March 2005. View judicial profile...

February 20, 1989

William Charles Lee
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Lee retired on 30 April 1999. View judicial profile...

March 1, 1989

Donald Horton QC appointed as Master of the Supreme Court
Horton was appointed the fourth Master of the Supreme Court. He died in office on 14 August 1991. View judicial profile...

April 10, 1989

John Murtagh Macrossan AC appointed Chief Justice
Macrossan became the sixteenth Chief Justice of Queensland. View judicial profile...

April 10, 1989

Kenneth George William Mackenzie
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Mackenzie retired on 8 December 2008. View judicial profile...

May 2, 1989

Francis Lenton Daly
Appointed first resident Judge of the District Court in Cairns. Retired on 3 May 1999. View judicial profile...

May 3, 1989

Hugh Wilfrid Harry Botting
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Botting is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

July 17, 1989

Michael John Noud
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Noud is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

July 25, 1989

John Harris Byrne RFD
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Byrne is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court and as Senior Judge Administrator since 24 August 2007. View judicial profile...

October 27, 1989

Kerry John O'Brien
Appointed Judge of the District Court. O'Brien is still serving as a judge of the District Court and as Judge Administrator since 11 September 2008. View judicial profile...

November 6, 1989

Neil Ferguson McLauchlan QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 14 July 2007. View judicial profile...

March 5, 1990

Margaret White appointed as Master of the Supreme Court
White was appointed the fifth Master of the Supreme Court. She resigned as Master in 1992, and the position fell into abeyance. View judicial profile...

May 1, 1990

Philip David Robin QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Robin is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

January 29, 1991

Margaret Anne McMurdo
Appointed Judge of the District Court. McMurdo resigned from the District Court on 30 July 1998 when she was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court, judge of appeal and President of the Court of Appeal. View judicial profile...

February 4, 1991

Brian Charles Hoath
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Retired on 4 August 2006. View judicial profile...

February 25, 1991

John Elwell Newton
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Newton retired in 2012. View judicial profile...

April 9, 1991

Helen O'Sullivan
Appointed Judge of the District Court. O'Sullivan retired in 2009. View judicial profile...

October 24, 1991

The office of Chief Justice, the Court of Appeal and the Trial Division were established
The Supreme Court of Queensland Act 1991 (Qld) established the office of Chief Justice, the Court of Appeal and the Trial Division.

December 16, 1991

Geoffrey Lance Davies AO
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Davies was also appointed as one of the inaugural judges of the Court of Appeal. Davies resigned on 4 February 2005. View judicial profile...

December 16,1991

Gerald Edward Fitzgerald AC
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court and inaugural President of the Court of Appeal. He resigned on 30 June 1998, but went on to serve as an acting judge of appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales until 2000 - the first time since Federation that a judge of one State Supreme Court has been appointed to the Supreme Court of another State. View judicial profile...

December 16, 1991

Cecil William Pincus
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court and one of the inaugural judges of appeal on this date. He resigned on 3 March 2001. View judicial profile...

January 28, 1992

First sitting of the Court of Appeal
A panel comprising of Fitzgerald, McPherson and Davies heard two applications.

April 2, 1992

Margaret Jean White
The first woman appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. White retired in 2013. View judicial profile...

August 28, 1992

Peter James White
Appointed Judge of the District Court. White retired on 31 May 2008. View judicial profile...

November 16, 1992

Keiran Anthony Cullinane AM
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Cullinane retired on 15 July 2011. View judicial profile...

June 3, 1993

John Westlake Barrett Helman appointed Chief Judge of the District Courts
Helman was appointed the first Chief Judge of the District Courts. He resigned as Chief Judge on 18 July 1994. View judicial profile...

June 16, 1993

Susan Mary Kiefel AC
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Kiefel resigned from the Supreme Court on 17 October 1994 when she was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. Kiefel was later appointed a judge of the High Court of Australia on 3 September 2007. View judicial profile...

August 12, 1993

Philip Grahame Nase
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Nase retired on 28 April 2008. View judicial profile...

September 23, 1994

Henry George Fryberg
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Fryberg retired in 2013. View judicial profile...

September 23, 1994

John Mervyn Robertson
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Robertson is currently serving as a judge of the District Court.View judicial profile...

December 16, 1994

John Westlake Barrett Helman
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Helman retired on 7 July 2007. View judicial profile...

January 31, 1995

Michael William Forde
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Forde retired in 2009. View judicial profile...

January 31, 1995

Patricia Mary Wolfe
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Wolfe is currently serving as a judge of the District Court and as Chief Judge since 1999. View judicial profile...

November 27, 1995

Charles James Lennox Brabazon QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Brabazon retired in 2010. View judicial profile...

September 9, 1996

Douglas John McGill SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. McGill is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

September 11, 1996

Clive Frederick Wall RFD QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Wall is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

April 3, 1997

John Daniel Murray Muir
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Muir is currently serving as a judge of appeal. View judicial profile...

August 1, 1997

Courts Reform Amendment Act 1997 (Qld) came into force
The Act created the Far Northern District centred in Cairns.

October 2, 1997

Stanley Graham Jones AO
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Jones was appointed the first Far Northern judge. He retired on 9 September 2011. View judicial profile...

December 18, 1997

Robert Douglas Pack
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Pack retired in 2010. View judicial profile...

February 1, 1998

Paul de Jersey AC appointed Chief Justice
de Jersey was appointed the seventeenth Chief Justice of Queensland. View judicial profile...

March 12, 1998

Richard Noel Chesterman AO RFD
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Chesterman resigned on 22 April 2012. View judicial profile...

April 6, 1998

Virgil Power Building opened in Rockhampton
The building was constructed at a cost of $16 million dollars and accomodates the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts.

July 30, 1998

Margaret Anne McMurdo AC
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court, the second President of the Court of Appeal and the first woman appointed as the presiding judge of an appellate court in Australia. She is currently serving as President of the Court of Appeal. View judicial profile...

August 20, 1998

Margaret Anne Wilson
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Wilson is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

August 20, 1998

Nicholas Samios
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Samios is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

September 3, 1998

Roslyn Gay Atkinson
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Atkinson is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

November 26, 1998

Deborah Richards
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Richards is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

November 26, 1998

Grant Thomas Britton SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Britton retired in 2012. View judicial profile...

March 25, 1999

Sarah Bradley
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Bradley is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

June 17, 1999

Robert Ramsay Douglas RFD
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Douglas died in office on 26 November 2002. View judicial profile...

July 1, 1999

Uniform Civil Procedure Rules introduced for use by courts at all levels
The Uniform Civil Procedure Rules were used by courts of all levels for the first time. Queensland was the first State to achieve this uniformity.

August 10, 1999

Patricia Mary Wolfe appointed Chief Judge of the District Court
Wolfe was appointed the third (and current) Chief Judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

August 19, 1999

Michael John Shanahan
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Shanahan is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

March 16, 2000

Peter Richard Dutney
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Dutney died in office on 4 September 2009. View judicial profile...

March 16, 2000

Debra Ann Mullins
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Mullins is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

March 16, 2000

Catherine Ena Holmes
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Holmes is currently serving as a judge of appeal. View judicial profile...

December 4, 2000

Julie Maree Dick SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Dick is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

December 14, 2000

Anthe Ionna Philippides
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Philippides is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

May 24, 2001

Alan Muir Wilson SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Wilson resigned from the District Court in 2009 when he was appointed to the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

May 31, 2002

John Alexander Jerrard
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Jerrard retired on 5 December 2008. View judicial profile...

February 27, 2003

Philip Donald McMurdo
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. McMurdo is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

September 11, 2003

Marshall Philip Irwin
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Irwin is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

November 27, 2003

James Sholto Douglas
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Douglas is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

January 12, 2004

Michael Edward Rackemann
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Rackemann is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

May 24, 2004

Walter Henry Tutt
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Tutt retired in 2012. View judicial profile...

October 29, 2004

Milton James Griffin SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Griffin is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

February 21, 2005

Patrick Anthony Keane
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Keane resigned from the Supreme Court on 22 March 2010 when he was appointed the third Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. Keane was later appointed a judge of the High Court of Australia on 5 March 2013. View judicial profile...

February 28, 2005

Ian Francis Macrae Dearden
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Dearden is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

February 28, 2005

Julie Ann Ryrie
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Ryrie is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

July 10, 2006

Ann Majella Lyons
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Lyons is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

July 17, 2006

Fleur Yvette Kingham
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Kingham is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

August 21, 2006

Stuart Gordon Durward SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Durward is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

December 15, 2006

Anthony John Rafter SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Rafter is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

July 13, 2007

Terence Douglas Martin SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Martin is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

July 13, 2007

Alfred Martin Daubney
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Daubney is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

July 13, 2007

David Graham Searles
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Searles is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

August 31, 2007

Glenn Charles Martin AM
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Martin is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

September 21, 2007

Gregory John Koppenol
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Koppenol is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

October 15, 2007

Duncan Vincent Cook McMeekin
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. McMeekin is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

January 25, 2008

Hugh Barron Fraser
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Fraser is currently serving as a Judge of Appeal. View judicial profile...

April 2, 2008

David Charles Andrews SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Andrews is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

April 2, 2008

William Garth Everson
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Everson is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

April 2, 2008

Leanne Joy Clare SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Clare is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

August 29, 2008

Peter David Talbot Applegarth
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Applegarth is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

September 15, 2008

Brendan John Butler AM SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Butler is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

February 6, 2009

Peter James Lyons
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Lyons is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

July 17, 2009

Brian G Devereaux SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Devereaux is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

July 17, 2009

Katherine M McGinness
Appointed Judge of the District Court. McGinness is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

September 2, 2009

The Court of Appeal hears its first electronic appeal
The first electronic appeal was Chief Executive Department of Natural Resources & Ors v Kent Street Pty Ltd [2009] QCA 399.

October 22, 2009

Alan Muir Wilson
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Wilson is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

December 1, 2009

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal established
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal was established under the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 (Qld).

February 18, 2010

David Andrew Reid
Appointed as Judge of the District Court. Reid is currently serving as as judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

February 18, 2010

Brian Harrison
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Harrison is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

February 18, 2010

Kiernan Dorney QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Dorney is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

February 19, 2010

Richard Jones
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Jones is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

July 2, 2010

David Kim Boddice
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Boddice is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

September 9, 2010

John R Baulch SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Baulch is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

February 25, 2011

Jean Hazel Dalton
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Dalton is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

May 12, 2011

Gary Long SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Long is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

July 18, 2011

David Octavius Joseph North
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. North is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

August 8, 2011

Bradley Farr SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Farr is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

September 12, 2011

James Dawson Henry
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Henry is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

April 27, 2012

Robert William Gotterson
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Gotterson is currently serving as a Judge of the Supreme Court and a Judge of Appeal. View judicial profile...

August 3, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law were opened
The new Supreme and District Courts building officially opened in the presence of the Governor (Her Excellency Penelope Wensley AC), the Chief Justice (the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC), the Premier (the Honourable Campbell Newman MP), the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice (the Honourable Jarrod Bleijie MP), the Queensland judiciary and the legal profession.

October 8, 2012

David JS Jackson SC
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Jackson is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

October 29, 2012

Alexander AJ Horneman-Wren SC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Horneman-Wren is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

February 8, 2013

Paul Edward Smith
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Smith is currently serving as a judge of the District Court. View judicial profile...

August 8, 2013

Philip Morrison SC
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Morrison is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court and a judge of appeal. View judicial profile...

August 29, 2013

David G Thomas
Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court. Thomas is currently serving as a judge of the Supreme Court. View judicial profile...

September 5, 2013

Timothy Carmody QC
Appointed Judge of the District Court. Carmody is currently serving as a judge of the District Court and as Chief Magistrate. View judicial profile...