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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    QCs restored in Queensland

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Friday, June 07, 2013

    QCs restored in Queensland

    Attorney-General and Minster for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has welcomed the return of a proud position in Queensland’s legal and justice system.

    The title of Queen’s Counsel has now been reinstated and the appointments were confirmed by Executive Council on Thursday.

    “This is well deserved recognition of Queensland’s senior legal fraternity who have overwhelmingly chosen to restore the title of QC,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “70 of Queensland’s 73 Senior Counsels (SCs) opted to switch to the more recognised and esteemed title.

    “From now on, eminent barristers will be appointed as QCs.

     “The QC title is more widely recognised and understood as a mark of professional distinction at the Bar and this move will provide greater clarity amongst the general public.

    “Queensland silks now have the edge internationally, particularly in Asia where the use of QCs is preferred.

    “This change gives Queensland leverage over other Australian states, which are competing for a share of the international market.

    “The re-introduction of QCs will also help clear up confusion because a number of other titles are abbreviated to SC, including Special Counsel and the Star of Courage.”

    Mr Bleijie said the Queen’s Counsel title was abolished in 1994 by the then Labor Government.

    “The Newman Government has received widespread support from the Bar Association of Queensland and the legal profession to revert to the traditional title and I understand other states are now advocating for their Governments to follow suit,” he said.

    “QCs are barristers of seniority and eminence within their areas of practice.

    “I congratulate them on making the switch and wish them all good luck as they take on the legal world.”

    [ENDS] 7 June 2013

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