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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Supreme Court Justice remembered

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Tuesday, October 08, 2013

    Supreme Court Justice remembered

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has paid tribute to one of Queensland’s most significant judicial figures who passed away this week.       

    Former Justice of the Supreme Court Bruce McPherson died on Monday, aged 77.

    “Justice McPherson was arguably one of Queensland’s finest legal minds,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “He made an invaluable contribution to the law and the community as an academic, a practitioner and as a member of the judiciary.

    “From the time he migrated from South Africa in 1960 to take up a position at the University of Queensland, His Honour served the people of Queensland with distinction.

    “He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1982 and became an inaugural member of the Court of Appeal in 1991. He retired in 2006 after reaching the statutory retirement age.

    “Justice McPherson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1988 and also served as Senior Puisne Judge, Chairman of the Queensland Law Reform Commission and Chairman of the Judicial Conference of Australia at various times.

    “He will be remembered for his outstanding contribution to the law in this state.

    “On behalf of the Government and people of Queensland, I extend my deepest sympathies to Justice McPherson’s wife and family.”

    [ENDS] 8 October 2013

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