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

    Far Northern Queensland legal community farewells respected judge

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

    Friday, September 02, 2011

    Far Northern Queensland legal community farewells respected judge

    Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Paul Lucas today acknowledged the distinguished legal career of Justice Stanley Jones AO at a valedictory ceremony in Cairns.

    “Justice Jones has served the Queensland community for almost 14 years as a judge for the Supreme Court and the Land Appeal Court,” Mr Lucas said.

    “His Honour has made an outstanding contribution to the court, the legal profession and the community as a whole.”

    Mr Lucas said the Mackay-born judge had been a skilled and committed legal advocate preceding his appointment as a Supreme Court judge in 1997.

    “Justice Jones has had a lengthy legal career spanning 42 years, 28 of which were spent as a highly successful barrister and almost 14 years as the Supreme Court’s Far Northern Judge based in Cairns,” he said.

    “Justice Jones played an active role in Queensland universities, serving as the Chancellor of the Central Queensland University for 13 years between 1991 and 2004.

    “His honour was recognised in 2008 by Central Queensland University, when he was granted an honorary degree of Doctor of the University, and earlier this year James Cook University granted him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.”

    Mr Lucas said Justice Jones’ contribution had extended beyond the bench.

    “Justice Jones’ character and service to the community were recognised in 2005 when he received the honour of becoming an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contributions to the establishment of higher education institutions and legal and judicial services in Queensland,” he said.

    “His Honour was the foundation chairman of the Rockhampton Aboriginal Legal Service from 1972 and had maintained a strong commitment to our first Australians every single day of his life since then.

    “I thank Justice Jones for his outstanding service to the judiciary, the legal profession and the community in Queensland, especially in the Far North.

    “I wish him and his wife Helena all the very best for his retirement.”

    Media contact: Deputy Premier’s Office 3224 8750