Judge Rinaudo to retire from District Court of Queensland

Published Thursday, 01 June, 2023 at 07:00 PM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

  • His Honour Judge Rinaudo AM has retired from the bench after serving the Queensland community for 18 years.
  • Judge Rinaudo was formerly Queensland’s Chief Magistrate from 2014 to 2019 and a judge of the District Court.

Queensland’s former Chief Magistrate and judge of the District Court, his Honour Judge Rinaudo has retired from the bench today.

Judge Rinaudo was appointed a Queensland Magistrate in 2005 and is noted for his experience and distinguished record of legal and administrative accomplishments in the profession.

His Honour served 14 years with the Magistrates Court and earned appointment as Deputy Chief Magistrate before elevation to Chief Magistrate and Judge of the District Court in 2014.

His Honour completed his term as Chief Magistrate in 2019 and has since served as a District Court Judge.

Before his appointment to the bench, His Honour practised for 24 years as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia, before specialising in dispute resolution and mediation.

During his time in private practice, Judge Rinaudo was Commissioner of both the Legal Aid Commission of Queensland and the Crime and Misconduct Commission, as well as President of the Queensland Law Society, among other appointments.

Quotes attributable to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Yvette D’Ath:

“Judge Rinaudo has led a distinguished career and contributed to both the Magistrates and District courts of Queensland for 18 years with dedication.”

“Throughout his time with the Queensland judiciary, His Honour championed the modernisation and innovation of court processes and was committed to ensuring the Queensland public had fair access to justice services.”

“During his term as Chief Magistrate, His Honour was instrumental in re-establishing Murri Courts, the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court and establishing the Court Link program and the pilot Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court at Southport.

“I’d like to thank Judge Rinaudo for his significant contribution to the community on behalf of all Queenslanders and wish him well for the future.”


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