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

    Extra judge, appointments ensure courts maintain efficiency

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

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Extra judge, appointments ensure courts maintain efficiency

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick has announced a series of acting judicial appointments to cover the absence of Justice Catherine Holmes, who is heading up the Floods Commission of Inquiry.

    He has also announced that an additional judge would be appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland.

    Mr Dick said Executive Council had today approved the acting appointment of Supreme Court Judge Justice Margaret Wilson to the Court of Appeal.

    He said as a consequence, District Court Judge Julie Dick SC had been appointed an acting Supreme Court judge to fill Justice Wilson’s vacant position.

    Justice Dick SC’s position as President of the Children’s Court – a position held by a District Court judge – had been filled by experienced District Court Judge Michael Shanahan.

    “These appointments will ensure that the courts continue to operate efficiently and can cope with their workloads while Justice Holmes fulfils the important role of Floods Inquiry Commissioner,” Mr Dick said.

    “Both Justice Wilson and Judge Dick SC are very experienced judges who are well respected among the judiciary and Queensland’s legal profession.

    “I am pleased that they have accepted these acting appointments.

    “I am currently consulting on the appointment of an acting District Court judge to replace Judge Dick during this period.

    “I am also in the process of appointing an extra permanent Supreme Court judge, which will increase the total complement of Supreme Court judges from 25 to 26.

    “This extra judge will provide the court with additional capacity.

    “Queensland’s courts achieved a combined total clearance rate for criminal matters of 101.4 per cent in 2009-10, meaning that they disposed of more matters than were lodged.

    “The extra position will help the courts maintain and build on their impressive results.”

    The appointments have been made for a period of six months, the maximum period allowable under the Supreme Court of Queensland Act 1991 and the District Court of Queensland Act 1967. Further appointments will be made at the expiration of this period.

    Justice Margaret Wilson was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1998.

    Judge Dick SC was appointed as a judge of the District Court of Queensland in 2000 and has been Childrens Court President since 2007.

    Judge Dick SC is not related to the Attorney-General.

    Media contact: Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487