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

    Appointment of new Supreme Court judge boosts judicial numbers

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

    Thursday, February 17, 2011

    Appointment of new Supreme Court judge boosts judicial numbers

    The Queensland Government has moved quickly to appoint an extra judge to the Supreme Court of Queensland.

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick said Executive Council had today approved the appointment of Jean Dalton SC as Queensland’s newest Supreme Court judge.

    Mr Dick said the appointment of Ms Dalton would increase the permanent complement of Supreme Court judges from 25 to 26.

    “Ms Dalton fills the new judicial position created this month by the Bligh Government to provide the Supreme Court with extra capacity,” Mr Dick said.

    “This is part of the government’s commitment to constantly monitor the workloads within our courts and allocate extra resources where necessary.”

    Mr Dick said Ms Dalton is a very experienced barrister who is held in high regard by the legal profession.

    “Ms Dalton has been a barrister for more than 20 years and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004,” he said.

    “She has extensive experience in various fields of law including medical negligence, commercial law, contracts, mining and corporate regulatory matters.

    “Ms Dalton served as President of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal for three years and most recently has been a Member of the Land Court and Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Tribunal.

    “I am confident that she will be a welcome and successful addition to the judiciary.”

    Mr Dick also announced the appointment of Brisbane barrister Brad Farr SC as an acting District Court Judge.

    Mr Farr will fill the vacancy created by the recent appointment of Judge Julie Dick SC as an acting Supreme Court Judge.

    Mr Farr, who has been a barrister for almost 25 years, started his legal career as a Crown Prosecutor. He has been at the private bar since 1990, during which time he has appeared in many notable trials, appeals and inquiries.

    Mr Farr has been appointed for a period of six months, the maximum period allowable under the District Court of Queensland Act 1967.

    Ms Dalton’s appointment will take effect from 25 February 2011. Mr Farr’s appointment will take effect from 18 February 2011.

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