QLS salutes appointment of former solicitor as new Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal president
28 June 2017
Queensland’s peak solicitor body has applauded the appointment of a former solicitor as Australia’s new president of the Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth said the appointment of Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal president Justice David Thomas to such a prominent judicial role was proof Queensland solicitors were among the greatest legal minds in the nation.
“On behalf of QLS’s more than 11,000 members, I congratulate Justice Thomas on his outstanding achievements in the profession to date and for his meritorious appointment to the very senior judicial role of Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal president,’’ Ms Smyth said.
“I am especially pleased to see one of our very own stepping into such an honourable role in our justice system as solicitors make fine and excellent members of our judiciary.”
Justice Thomas, who currently heads up the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, will fill the vacancy left by Duncan Kerr.
Justice Thomas was appointed a judge of Queensland’s Supreme Court in September 2013 and was elevated to the role of QCAT president a month later.
Ms Smyth said QLS was consistently advocating for the appointment of solicitors to judicial positions and that Justice Thomas’s new commission to such a high office in the Federal arena should be reflected in future Queensland judicial roles.
“I thank Justice Thomas for the excellent example he has set for all solicitors and I look forward to welcoming more solicitors onto our senior benches in the future,” Ms Smyth said.
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