Queensland Law Society

Well-respected local appointed to Townsville’s District Court

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

Today (MAR 8) Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor was pleased to hear of the appointment of Federal Court Judge John Coker to the Townsville District Court.
“I am very pleased the Attorney-General listened to our request for a timely appointment for the Townsville District Court,” he said.
“This means a lot to not only the practitioners of Townsville, but to the wider community.
“Judge Coker is a welcome addition to the District Court and a well-respected member of the Townsville community.
“He is well known within both Townsville and around Queensland as a highly regarded member of Queensland’s legal profession, originally coming from the solicitor’s branch prior to joining the bench.”
Mr Taylor noted that timely appointments allowed the justice system to carry on without unnecessary delays, and ensured that communities did not suffer from holes in the bench.
“Such timely appointments allow our courts to continue to carry out justice seamlessly,” he said.
“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.”
Queensland Law Society has consistently advocated for adequate court resourcing and continue to work with the Government on appointing the best professionals for each role.
“We are grateful to the Government for this timely appointment to ensure there is no gap left when Judge Durward SC retires from the bench.”
“I congratulate Judge Coker on his very well-deserved appointment.” 
For more information, please contact Mel Raassina, media and public relations advisor on (07) 3842 5849 or at media@qls.com.au