Supreme Court of Queensland
Federal Law Courts
Queensland Law Courts
The Supreme Court was established on 7 August 1861. The building which housed the court was damaged by arson on 2 September 1968, and subsequently demolished. The court then sat in the Law Courts Complex before relocating to the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law.
In 1991 the Queensland Supreme Court was restructured into two divisions, the Trial Division and the Court of Appeal. The Court is headed by the Chief Justice of Queensland (currently Chief Justice Paul de Jersey) who sits in both the Trial Division and the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal comprises the President (currently Justice Margaret McMurdo) and four Judges of Appeal, who sit only in the Court of Appeal. Proceedings in the Court of Appeal are usually heard by three judges. The Trial Division comprises a number of trial judges, and is headed by the Senior Judge Administrator (currently Justice John Byrne). Proceedings in the Trial Division are heard by one trial judge. Most trial division judges also rotate through the Court of Appeal, usually for three week periods.
- the Trial Division are heard by the Court of Appeal; and
- the Court of Appeal is heard by the High Court of Australia.
The Court of Appeal also hears appeals from the District Court of Queensland.
Current as at September 2012 (appointment date in brackets):
Court of Appeal
- President Margaret McMurdo, AC (30 July 1998)
- Catherine Holmes (26 May 2006)
- John Muir (12 July 2007)
- Hugh Fraser (24 January 2008)
- Margaret White (15 April 2010)
- Robert Gotterson (27 April 2012)
- Senior Judge Administrator John Byrne, RFD (25 July 1989; SJA 24 August 2007)
- Henry George Fryberg (23 September 1994)
- Margaret Wilson (20 August 1998)
- Roslyn Atkinson (3 September 1998)
- Debra Mullins (16 March 2000)
- Anthe Philippides (14 December 2000)
- Philip McMurdo (3 March 2003)
- James Douglas (1 December 2003)
- Ann Lyons (7 July 2006)
- Martin Daubney (12 July 2007)
- Glenn Martin (30 August 2007)
- Duncan McMeekin (15 October 2007)
- Peter Applegarth (3 September 2008)
- Peter Lyons (10 February 2009)
- Alan Wilson (27 October 2009)
- David Boddice (2 July 2010)
- Jean Dalton (25 February 2011)
- David North (20 July 2011)
- James Henry (12 September 2011)
Noted former judges
- Sir James Blair (Australian judge), who later became Chief Justice of Queensland lieutenant-governor of Queensland, Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
- Sir Walter Campbell, who later became Governor of Queensland
- Sir James Cockle, the first Chief Justice of Queensland
- Peter Connolly
- Sir Harry Gibbs, who later became Chief Justice of Australia
- Sir Samuel Griffith, who later became the first Chief Justice of Australia
- Thomas McCawley
- Sir Edward Williams
- Sir William Webb, later appointed to the High Court of Australia
The original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court allows its Trial Division to hear civil matters involving claims of more than $750,000; criminal matters involving serious offences (including murder and manslaughter); and matters arising under the Corporations Act 2001 and cross-vesting legislation. The appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court allows its Court of Appeal to hear cases on appeal from the District Court, the Trial Division of the Supreme Court, and a number of other judicial tribunals in Queensland.
The Supreme Court sits mainly in the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law in Brisbane, which also houses the District Court. The court began operating out of this facility on 27 August, 2012, prior to which it was located in the Law Courts Complex.
- Judiciary of Australia
- Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
- List of Judges of the Supreme Court of Queensland
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- Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (Queensland). "150 years of the Supreme Court of Queensland". Government of Queensland. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- Department of Justice and Attorney General (Queensland). "New Brisbane Supreme and District Court". Government of Queensland. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Judges of the Supreme Court contacts". Queensland Courts. Retrieved 28 May 2006.
- Turner, Clive 2004, Australian Commercial Law, 25th edn, Lawbook Co., Sydney.