Queensland appoints first Indigenous judge
23 March 2018
Queensland’s peak legal body has applauded the state government on its appointment of the first Indigenous judge – barrister Nathan Jarro.
Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor said he hoped Mr Jarro’s appointment would be the first of many First Nation’s practitioners to higher judicial office.
“I would like to congratulate Mr Jarro on his appointment to this important role,’’ Mr Taylor said.
“The representation of First Nation’s people in the judiciary is long overdue and we hope this appointment is the first of many to the higher courts.
“QLS would encourage both the state and federal governments to continue the advancement of Indigenous Australian’s to higher judicial office in future appointments.’’
Mr Taylor said Mr Jarro was well respected in the legal profession and was a fine choice to be the state’s first Indigenous judge.
“Mr Jarro should be proud of reaching this achievement in less than 20 years since commencing his legal career.”
Mr Jarro has litigated extensively -- having predominately practiced across areas of family, criminal, insurance, administrative, commercial and property law.
He has significant industry knowledge across the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Mental Health Review Tribunal.
He has also made significant contributions to many community initiatives and in the arts and education and across media platforms and held a long-standing role as Deputy Public Interest Monitor.
Since the launch its Reconciliation Action Plan in 2017, QLS has been a strong advocate in addressing the under-representation of our First Nation’s people in the legal profession and judiciary.
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