Townsville solicitor-turned-barrister appointment most welcome: QLS
QLS president Ken Taylor was pleased to hear of the appointment of Townsville solicitor-turned-barrister Terry Betts to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’s Newcastle Registry.
The appointment was announced by the Federal Attorney-General, along with the appointment of fellow barrister Bruce Smith to the Sydney Registry.
Mr Taylor said that it was satisfying to see those from the solicitors’ branch of Queensland’s legal profession appointed to the judiciary.
“Terry is from my hometown of Townsville where he practised law for over 20 years as a solicitor and then a barrister,” he said.
“I congratulate him on his appointment to the bench and wish him all the best as a leader in our profession.”
Mr Betts will fill the space left by Federal Circuit Judge Steve Middleton who took over from Judge John Coker in Townsville.
Mr Taylor said that the Society would continue to advocate for adequate and timely judicial appointments to ensure Queenslanders had the best access to the justice system.
“We are happy to see another appointment, especially that of a previous solicitor,” he said.
“I hope to see more appointments from our solicitors’ branch as we have a wealth of expertise within our ranks.”
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