Court of Appeal President to stand down

Published Monday, 31 October, 2016 at 05:03 PM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has paid tribute to Court of Appeal President Margaret McMurdo, who has today notified the Governor of her intention to resign her commission on 26 March next year.

“Justice McMurdo has been an exemplary servant of justice in this state,” said Mrs D’Ath.

“She has been a judge in Queensland for more than 25 years, since becoming the first woman appointed to the bench of the District Court in 1991.

“Eighteen years ago, when she was appointed President of the Court of Appeal, she became the first woman to preside over an appellate court in Australia. The tenor of her term stands as testament to her legal acumen and leadership over that significant period.

“She has brought dignity, leadership and intellectual rigour to this vital role, and rightly has the respect of the legal profession and the judiciary - across this state and beyond.”

Justice McMurdo is a Companion of the Order of Australia and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003.

After being admitted to the bar in 1976, she spent time as an assistant public defender and at the private bar. She was also a founding member of Women Lawyers Association.

“In providing notice of her intended departure from the role, Justice McMurdo again demonstrates her continued commitment to the efficient administration of justice in Queensland,” said Mrs D’Ath.

“Her period of notice ensures there will be minimal disruption to the function of the courts, and allow a smooth transition to take place.”

“Once again, I thank Justice McMurdo for her distinguished service to Queensland and wish her all the best for the future.”

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