District Court appointment for Townsville

Published Friday, 21 April, 2017 at 08:00 AM

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 today announced the appointment of a new judge to the Townsville District Court.

Mrs D’Ath said barrister Gregory Lynham would bring more than 20 years’ legal experience to the District Court.

“Mr Lynham has practiced as a Barrister in Townsville for the past 20 years, regularly appearing in the District and Supreme Courts, in murder, manslaughter, drug and complex fraud trials,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“He is regularly briefed by the Commonwealth DPP to prosecute complex matters on their behalf.

“And he is also a Judge Advocate and Defence Force Magistrate in the Australian Defence Force, presiding over court martials,” Mrs D’Ath said.

Mr Lynham worked as a locomotive cleaner and fireman at Queensland Rail, and as an administrative office at the Queensland Police Service, before graduating from James Cook University in 1995 and being admitted as a barrister in 1996.

In addition to his diverse experience in criminal, family and administrative law, he has also worked as a Law Lecturer and tutor at JCU, and is a RAAF Wing Commander.

Mrs D’Ath said Mr Lynham had been selected from a shortlist of suitable candidates recommended by the Judicial Appointments Advisory Panel chaired by retired judge, The Honourable Hugh Botting.

Mrs D’Ath thanked the Queensland Law Society, Bar Association of Queensland and community representatives on the advisory panel for their closely considered advice.

Mr Lynham will take up the new position next week.

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