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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Queensland’s Chief Magistrate reappointed

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    Queensland’s Chief Magistrate reappointed

    Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Paul Lucas has announced the re-appointment of Queensland’s Chief Magistrate.

    His Honour Judge Brendan Butler was today reappointed to the role of Chief Magistrate until 14 September2013.

    Mr Lucas said he was pleased Judge Butler agreed to continue in the role of Chief Magistrate, a job he took on in 2008.

    “Since his appointment as Chief Magistrate Judge Butler has been very proactive, visiting magistrates and court staff across the State,” he said.

    “Judge Butler continues to show strong leadership at the helm of the Magistrates Court.

    “The Magistrates Court plays a central role in our legal system and has members working in more locations than any other court in the State.

    “It also deals with the most matters and for many people it is the only Court they will ever come into contact with.

    “The Magistrates Court is a court that delivers grass roots justice to the people of Queensland and Judge Butler has grown this reputation,” Mr Lucas said.

    “His keen legal mind and a reputation for fairness and justice have served the people of Queensland well and will continue to do so following his reappointment.

    “The former Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Gerard Brennan, once compiled a list of the qualities needed by those holding judicial appointment.

    “His list included integrity and independence of mind, moral courage, tolerance of differences, equitable temperament, humanity, commonsense, courtesy, humility of mind, and authority without pompousness.

    “Judge Butler possesses all of these qualities and I look forward to working alongside the Chief Magistrate in the years to come,” he said.

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