Paul de Jersey

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His Excellency the Honourable
Paul de Jersey
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Paul de Jersey in 2011
26th Governor of Queensland
Assumed office
29 July 2014
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Premier Campbell Newman
Preceded by Penelope Wensley
17th Chief Justice of Queensland
In office
17 February 1998 – 8 July 2014
Governor Peter Arnison (1997–2003) Quentin Bryce (2003–2008) Penelope Wensley (2008–2014)
Nominated by Rob Borbidge
Appointed by Peter Arnison representing Queen Elizabeth II
Preceded by John Macrossan
Succeeded by Tim Carmody
Personal details
Born (1948-09-21) 21 September 1948 (age 65)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Religion Anglican

Paul de Jersey, ACQC (born 21 September 1948) is an Australian jurist who is the current Governor of Queensland. From 1998 to 2014, he was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland.


De Jersey was educated at Anglican Church Grammar School (1961–1965) and the University of Queensland.[1] He graduated with a BA., LL.B.(Hons) in 1971.

He was part of the Queensland University Regiment from 1966 to 1971, and was commissioned in 1969.


He practised law in Queensland and was called to the Queensland Bar in 1971. He took silk in 1981 as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC).

At the Bar he practised in the commercial field; appeared in constitutional cases before the High Court of Australia, and also appeared before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985 and was the Commercial Causes Judge between 1986–1989.

He was the judge constituting the Mental Health Tribunal between 1994–1996.

He was the President of the Queensland Industrial Court between 1996–1997 and was also the chairman of the Law Reform Commission of Queensland during the same period.

He was appointed Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998.

He has been the Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane since 1991.

He was the Vice President of the Australian Cancer Society between 1995 to 1998 and its President between 1998 and 2001, a trustee of the National Breast Cancer Foundation between 1994 to 1999 and the Chairman of the Queensland Cancer Fund (now The Cancer Council Queensland) between 1994 and 2001.

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Viceregal styles of
Paul de Jersey
Crest of the Governor of Queensland.svg
Reference style His Excellency the Honourable
Spoken style Your Excellency
Alternative style Sir
OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) 12 June 2000[2]
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal 2003[3]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal


  1. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3. 
  2. ^ "de JERSEY, Paul". Search Australian Honours. Australian Government. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland". PGovernment House Queensland. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Murtagh Macrossan
Chief Justice of Queensland
Succeeded by
Tim Carmody
Government offices
Preceded by
Penelope Wensley
Governor of Queensland