Queensland Law Society

First Queensland solicitor appointed to District Court retires leaving indelible legacy

The first Queensland solicitor appointed a judge of the District Court leaves a lasting legacy after almost 25-years of fearless and inspired leadership on the bench, according to the state’s peak legal body.

Queensland Law Society President Ken Taylor today (Thurs May 17) paid tribute to resident Maroochydore District Court Judge John Robertson who was farewelled during a valedictory ceremony on the Sunshine Coast.

“Judge Robertson leaves behind an indelible legacy, paving the way for solicitors in the law and proving they can be play a crucial role as jurists in Queensland’s superior courts," Mr Taylor said.

“Judge Robertson is very well-known, respected and admired in Queensland legal circles and has always brought a remarkable blend of fairness and balance to his role as a judge of the District Court.

“The Society has consistently advocated for the appointment of solicitors to judicial positions, and Judge Robertson’s stellar career on the bench is proof many more solicitors should be elevated to the bench in the future.”

Judge Robertson was appointed a judge in 1994 and was the first permanent appoint of the Ipswich District Court.

His list of achievements is immense and include:

  • Establishment of law firm JM Robertson & Co in 1978 -- which changed its name to Robertson O'Gorman in 1981
  • Deputy President of the Queensland Community Corrections Board between 1991 and 1994
  • Member of the Law Council of Australia Human Rights Committee (1994-97), the Queensland Solicitors' Board (1993-94) and the Supreme Court Library Committee (1992-94)
  • President of the Children’s Court of Queensland (1999-2002)
  • Judge of the Maroochydore District Court (2001-18)
  • Member of the Planning and Environment Court (2003-18)
  • Foundation member of the Sunshine Coast University Law School Advisory Committee.

“On behalf of QLS and all of its members I would like to sincerely thank Judge Robertson for his great public service to Queensland, its people and for the example he has set for our profession," Mr Taylor said.

“We wish him all the very best in his future endeavours."


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