New Queensland Law Reform Commission Chair appointed

Published Friday, 31 March, 2023 at 10:32 AM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

  • President Fleur Kingham has been appointed Chair of the QLRC following the resignation of Justice Peter Applegarth.
  • President Kingham commences as chair on 1 April 2023

Experienced judicial officer and current President of the Land Court of Queensland Fleur Kingham has been appointed Chair of the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

President Kingham will begin on 1 April 2023 in a full-time capacity

As a current part-time member of the Commission with a wealth of experience as a former District Court Judge, Childrens Court of Queensland Judge and a Judge of the Planning and Environment Court, President Kingham is ideally suited to the role.

President Kingham has also served as a member of the Land Court, as Deputy President of the Land and Resources Tribunal, and as the first deputy president of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

President Kingham succeeds Justice Peter Applegarth, who has served as Chair of the Queensland Law Reform Commission since July 2020.

Quotes attributable to the Attorney-General:

“I am delighted the Queensland Law Reform Commission will continue to benefit from President of the Land Court of Queensland Fleur Kingham’s leadership and extensive legal experience as a lawyer and judicial officer,” Minister Fentiman said.

“As an independent statutory body, the Commission plays a critical role undertaking law reform reviews and making recommendations that are informed by extensive research and community consultation.

“As Chair, President Kingham can draw insights from throughout her distinguished career in the judiciary, as well as her previous experience as an environmental lawyer, as a university lecturer, and as a mediator of complex disputes including Indigenous land and governance issues.

“This breadth and depth of experience make her an ideal candidate for Chair.

“I would also like to thank outgoing Chair Justice Peter Applegarth for his diligent service to the Commission, noting in particular his exemplary leadership during the Commission’s recent voluntary assisted dying review.”


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