Queensland Law Society

Queensland Law Society supports Supreme Court Judges

Date 26 May 2015
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Queensland Law Society (QLS) president Michael Fitzgerald says the Society rejects suggestions that a royal commission is needed into the conduct of the state’s Supreme Court.

“The Society’s position is, and always has been, that it would be preferable for discussions about the resignation of any judge of the court to be the subject of private and confidential conversations between the judge and the Attorney-General.”

Mr Fitzgerald says the Society is always ready to engage with the courts.

“We have regular meetings with the various Queensland courts’ heads of jurisdiction,” he says.

“We are open to discuss changes, but nothing has been raised with us apart from the possibility of televised court proceedings. We are conducting some research into televised court proceedings in other common law jurisdictions. When this research is available to us we will share it with the Committee of Judges that has been set up to review televised court proceedings.”

Mr Fitzgerald says the Society’s position, as stated in its 27 March media statement, remains unchanged.

“It is our members’ experience that Justices of the Supreme Court are carrying out their duties with nothing less than their usual exemplary conduct.

“We reject suggestions that the behaviour of the Supreme Court needs a royal commission.

“As previously stated in the Society’s ‘Call to Parties’ document issued prior to this year’s state election, the Society supports the establishment of a protocol for judicial appointments in Queensland, by reviewing current processes and consulting with stakeholders.

“To maintain public confidence in the administration of justice, all processes surrounding the judicial system should be open, transparent and independent.”