Queensland Law Society

QLS welcomes Judge Kerry O’Brien to new appointment

Queensland Law Society today welcomes Judge Kerry O'Brien’s appointment as Chief Judge of the District Court of Queensland.

President Ian Brown said Judge O’Brien’s 25 years as a District Court judge made him an ideal choice for such an eminent role.

“The District Court manages significant criminal and civil law cases with serious implications, so the role of Chief Judge, in guiding peers on the bench, requires extensive experience in these matters,” Mr Brown said.

“In addition to his decades of service to the District Court, Judge O’Brien served as President of the Childrens Court of Queensland for five years before his appointment as Judge Administrator in 2008.

“Presiding over the Childrens Court requires fortitude, compassion and pragmatism, while a Judge Administrator must be well-organised, efficient and an outstanding coordinator.

“Judge O’Brien has excelled in both roles and these attributes make him an excellent choice for the office of Chief Judge.

“Queensland Law Society has advocated for improved court resourcing for some time now and we are pleased to note the government also announced a forthcoming District Court Judge appointment in Cairns.

“We sadly farewell Chief Judge Patricia Wolfe who has performed superlatively in a demanding role for the last 15 years.

“The profession holds Chief Judge Wolfe with great respect and affection and we wish her all the best in her retirement.”