QLS welcomes appointment of silk Susan Brown to Supreme Court bench
15 December 2016
Queensland Law Society has welcomed the appointment of respected silk Susan Brown QC and former solicitor as a Supreme Court judge.
Society president Bill Potts said Ms Brown, the Bar Association of Queensland’s deputy president, was a great appointment and a person the people of Queensland should welcome to the new role.
“Ms Brown brings a great wealth of commercial and litigation experience into her new role as a Supreme Court judge," Mr Potts said.
“It is a very welcome appointment."
Mr Potts noted that Ms Brown will fill the void left by the departure of respected veteran judge Peter Lyons.
“There has been a huge increase in the number of cases and listings in the Supreme Court and as such we would call on the State Government to quickly announce the appointment of a further judge," he said.
“Given the government now has a huge surplus we think it is time they invested in the social infrastructure by appointing at least one more judge to the Supreme Court."
Last month Mr Potts wrote to Queensland’s Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath voicing the Society’s concerns about the lack of resources available to the Supreme Court to cope with its burgeoning workload.
“The Society understands that there has been a significant growth in both criminal law lodgements and finalisations in the Supreme Court, but a decreasing trend in the clearance rates over the past years," Mr Potts said in his letter.
“The Society notes that while there has been a growth in work for the Supreme Court, its judicial complement has remained relatively stable.
“In light of the current and impending workloads of the court, the Society proposes that at least one additional Supreme Court judge position is required to avoid the occurrence of a significant backlog, an impact on the health of judges, or both."
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