Regional appointment most welcome: QLS
22 February 2018
Queensland Law Society (QLS) has applauded news of the appointment of barrister Graeme Crow QC to the Supreme Court, to be based in Rockhampton.
He will replace Justice Duncan McMeekin as of Monday when he retires from the bench.
President Ken Taylor said that this appointment was timely, and would allow the court to continue business as usual.
“It is very important for regional areas to have prompt changeovers when judges move away or retire,” 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.
“I commend the Queensland Government for making this timely appointment, and congratulate Graeme on his new role.
“Graeme is a great example of a born and bred regional lawyer, having been educated and spending his career in Rockhampton.
“This local knowledge, reputation and experience will greatly assist him in his new role.”
Mr Taylor said that the Society had consistently advocated for adequate court resourcing and would continue to work with the Government on further appointments.
“Our judiciary carry out an excellent job, often with high caseloads to spread amongst a mere few.
“I look forward to seeing more appointments across Queensland, and specifically to our regional areas to ensure justice is accessible to all – regardless of location.”
Mr Taylor also commended Justice McMeekin on a successful and respectable career.
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