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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Judge Kerry O’Brien appointed as next Chief Judge

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Judge Kerry O’Brien appointed as next Chief Judge

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has welcomed the appointment of Queensland’s new Chief Judge of the District Court, Kerry O’Brien, which was approved by Governor in Council today.

    Mr Bleijie said Judge O’Brien was one of the most experienced members of Queensland’s judiciary.

    “As Queensland’s current Judge Administrator, Judge O’Brien is an esteemed legal mind with extensive judicial and administrative skills and experience,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “His Honour was a Crown Prosecutor in Rockhampton and then Townsville’s Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions before being appointed to the District Court in 1989. Since then, he has served as President of the Childrens’ Court and was appointed Judge Administrator in 2008.

    “On behalf of the Government, I congratulate him on his appointment to this important role in Queensland’s justice system.”

    Mr Bleijie said the Chief Judge appointment followed extensive consultation with the legal profession.

    He said an additional Judge of the District Court, to be based in Cairns, would also soon be appointed.

    “The Government is delivering on its commitment to Queenslanders that we would revitalise frontline services,” he said.

    “From Coolangatta to Cairns and Cooktown, all Queenslanders deserve equal and efficient access to justice and an extra judge in the far north will help ensure that occurs.

    “Current Chief Judge, Honourable Patsy Wolfe AO retires this weekend. I thank Her Honour for her service to the state, which has spanned nearly two decades, and her unwavering commitment to justice for Queenslanders.

    “Her strong advocacy was instrumental in the Government’s decision to bolster judicial ranks.

    “I look forward to honouring her further at her Valedictory Ceremony tomorrow and other judicial announcements, including the new Judge Administrator and Cairns Judge, will be made in the near future.”

    [ENDS] 16 October 2014 

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