Margaret McMurdo

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Margaret Anne McMurdo AC (born 30 August 1954) is the former president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. Appointed on 30 July 1998, she was the first female president of an appellate court in Australia. She resigned in October 2017 after 25 years as a judge. [1]


McMurdo was educated at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Gregory Terrace (1967–1971) and then at the University of Queensland. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1975.


She was admitted as a barrister in 1976.

In 1991, she was the first woman to be appointed to the bench of the District Court of Queensland.

She was a judge of the Children's Court of Queensland from 1993 until 1998.

She was appointed president of the Queensland Court of Appeal in 1998.

Resigned in October 2017. [2]

Appointed Chair of the Legal Aid Board of Queensland in May 2017. [3]

Personal life[edit]

McMurdo is married to fellow judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Philip McMurdo.