Queensland Law Society

QLS applauds appointments to QLD courts

Date 08 Mar 2018
Contact Mel Raassina
Phone 07 3842 5849
Email media@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society (QLS) has welcomed news of three appointments to Queensland courts, with members of the bench announced for the District Courts in Brisbane and Townsville, as well as Brisbane’s Supreme Court.
The State Government announced today (MAR 8) that Federal Court Judge John Coker would fill the gap left by His Honour Judge Stuart Durward SC when he retires from the Townsville District Court, Michael Williamson QC would join the District Court in Brisbane, and Soraya Ryan QC would join Brisbane’s Supreme Court.
QLS president Ken Taylor said that it was pleasing to see a range of appointments from city-centric to the regional areas.
“Such timely appointments allow our justice system to continue to carry out their role seamlessly,” he said.
“I am pleased to see local practitioners being appointed in their communities, such as Judge Coker who is well-respected both in his local community and the wider profession.
“It is also fitting to note that Judge Coker is originally from the solicitor’s branch of the profession, and we are pleased to see the skill of our practitioners recognised in such appointments.”
Mr Taylor congratulated the trio and thanked the Government for their swift movement on filling the positions, noting that regional areas such as Townsville often had a high caseload and less members on the bench to share the load.
“The Society is pleased with these appointments and the initiative the Government took in making the decisions so quickly.
“When we have sufficient notice, such as the case of a retirement, there is no reason that a swift appointment cannot be made to ensure the courts do not suffer further backlog.”
“I commend the Queensland Government for making this timely, early appointment, and congratulate Judge Coker, Mr Williamson QC and Ms Ryan QC on their new roles.
“The Society will continue to advocate for adequate court resourcing and we look forward to assisting the Government to achieve the best outcomes for all Queenslanders.”


For more information contact Mel Raassina, media and public relations advisor on 07 3842 5849 or media@qls.com.au