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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Joint media statement: Justice Carmody and the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015

    Joint media statement: Justice Carmody and the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice

    On 24 May 2015 the Chief Justice offered to resign his post on just terms if it was in the overall best interests of the court and the Queensland community to do so.

    We are pleased to be able to announce a dignified end to the controversy that has involved the Chief Justice and other judges of the Supreme Court in recent times. Consistent with Justice Carmody’s offer and in a generous and gracious gesture for the greater public good, His Honour has tendered his resignation to His Excellency the Acting Governor.

    However, consistent with Section 13 (2) of the Supreme Court of Queensland Act, His Honour retains his office and standing as a Judge of the Supreme Court.  He will serve as a supplementary judicial member of the QCAT. At the time the Presidency of that body becomes vacant, the Attorney-General’s intention is to give favourable consideration to the judge’s appointment to that position.

    This arrangement is intended to resolve issues currently surrounding the Queensland judiciary and to restore certainty and stability in the due administration of justice within the State.

    The Chief Justice’s sacrifice of the significant rights, remuneration and privileges of the Office of Chief Justice is recognised as an honourable act. Consistent with the principle of the separation of judicial power, this decision was one for His Honour alone and he has shown strength of character in making his decision to do so.

    In the spirit of moving forward, the Government will also provide a mediator, of eminent legal experience and seniority, to support the Judges of the Supreme Court in identifying and developing appropriate work practices and standards within the court.

    The Government acknowledges the Chief Justice’s decision to resign in the public interest and wishes him every future professional and personal success.