Leading light leaves the bench
17 October 2014
Queensland Law Society farewelled a judicial pioneer at Chief Judge Patricia Wolfe’s valedictory ceremony today.
President Ian Brown recognised Chief Judge Wolfe’s 15 years leading Queensland’s District Court and her trailblazing role as the first woman to be appointed in Queensland to that position.
“Her Honour leaves behind an indelible legacy, paving the way for women in the law,” Mr Brown said.
“Her Honour is an inspiring role model for all practitioners, particularly women in the law.
“Her Honour led the Queensland Women’s Consultative Council, advocated for gender equality and was part-time Commissioner for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
“During her tenure Her Honour was a passionate advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, calling for interpreters in courts, raising the need for court-based Indigenous liaison officers and creating awareness about the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in our criminal justice system.
“Her Honour has a strong affinity with the land and outback Queensland, tirelessly advocating for better access to the Courts for remote and rural Queenslanders.
“Taking responsibility for the outcomes of the District Court is a Herculean task, one in which Her Honour has performed superlatively.
“We are sure Judge Kerry O’Brien’s 25 years’ experience as a District Court judge ably equips him to lead the Court and maintain and enhance its reputation for excellence.”