Queensland Law Society

QLS welcomes timely new appointments

Queensland Law Society today congratulated the four new appointees to the District Court, and welcomed the Court’s new Judge Administrator.

Deputy President Michael Fitzgerald said the government’s choices for the five appointments would be well-received by the solicitors’ branch of the legal profession.

“The Society is particularly pleased to see a solicitor appointed to the bench, Lexon Insurance Legal principal Suzanne Sheridan,” said Mr Fitzgerald

“Solicitors’ skill sets are ideally suited to the bench as we are primarily involved in the administration of law and establishing the facts of clients’ matters.

“With this expertise, a District Court judge can effectively manage proceedings, recall and assess the details of a case and professionally interact with a wide range of people.

“We are happy to see a local legal practitioner, Dean Morzone QC, be appointed as a District Court Judge in Cairns.

“A local appointee who is familiar with local issues, stakeholders and relationships will help make the judicial transition more efficient and provide for some continuity in Cairns.

“We also congratulate Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Burnett on his move to Queensland’s District Court and welcome Helen Bowskill QC to the District Court bench.

“Our District Court judges will be ably supported by our new Judge Administrator, Judge Paul Smith.

”This is an important role in the justice system as it coordinates the business of the Court and provides important management information to the Chief Judge.

“Judge Smith’s excellent interpersonal and management skills combined with his empathy as a Children's Court judge will serve the District Court well.”