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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    More than a century of experience added to District Court

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, February 18, 2010

    More than a century of experience added to District Court

    Four lawyers possessing a combined total of more than 100 years of legal experience have been appointed new judges of the District Court.

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick said the four appointees, whose combined legal experience totals 127 years, all had broad backgrounds in the law, with particular strengths in civil matters.

    The new judges, whose appointments were approved by the Governor-in-Council today, are Kiernan Dorney QC, Brian Harrison, Richard Jones and David Reid.

    Mr Dick said three judges – Mr Dorney QC, Mr Jones and Mr Reid – would serve on the District Court in Brisbane while Mr Harrison would serve in Cairns.

    He said the appointments covered the retirements of Senior Judge Gilbert Trafford-Walker, Judge Helen O’Sullivan and Judge Charles Brabazon QC, and the appointment of Justice Alan Wilson as a Supreme Court judge.

    The appointments restore the number of District Court judges to a full complement of 38.

    "These four appointees are all highly regarded within the legal profession and bring a wealth of experience to our judicial ranks,” Mr Dick said.

    “They bring particular strengths and knowledge to the court’s civil jurisdiction, which will be broadened once the government’s proposed court reforms are passed by the Parliament.”

    Kiernan Dorney QC has been practising as a barrister in Queensland since 1974 and has been a member of both the Legal Practice Tribunal and the Commercial and Consumer Tribunal.

    Brian Harrison is a former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service and Legal Aid lawyer who was admitted as a solicitor in 1975 and has been practising at the private bar in Rockhampton and Mackay since 1986.

    Richard Jones joined the private bar in Brisbane in 1985 and has practised extensively in the civil jurisdiction, particularly on compensation law and Land Court matters. He was appointed a member of the Land Court in 2005.

    Since 1979, David Reid has practised as either a barrister or solicitor, focusing most recently on accident compensation cases, but previously also doing significant work in commercial and equity matters.

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