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 Elizabeth II
Premier Campbell Newman
Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Penelope Wensley
17th Chief Justice of Queensland
In office
17 February 1998 – 8 July 2014
Nominated by Rob Borbidge
Appointed by Peter Arnison representing Queen Elizabeth II

Peter Arnison (1997–2003) Quentin Bryce (2003–2008)

Penelope Wensley (2008–2014)
Preceded by John Macrossan
Succeeded by Timothy Carmody
Personal details
Born (1948-09-21) 21 September 1948 (age 69)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Queensland
Awards Companion of the Order of Australia
Knight of the Order of St John
Military service
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army Reserve
Years of service 1966–1971
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Queensland University Regiment

Paul de Jersey, AC, QC (born 21 September 1948) is an Australian jurist who is the current Governor of Queensland. From 1998 to 2014, he was Chief Justice 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 and 1998 and its President between 1998 and 2001, a trustee of the National Breast Cancer Foundation between 1994 and 1999 and the Chairman of the Queensland Cancer Fund (now The Cancer Council Queensland) between 1994 and 2001.

Vice-regal office[edit]

De Jersey became the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014.[2] On the retirement of Alex Chernov as Governor of Victoria on 1 July 2015, de Jersey became the longest-serving Governor of an Australian state and by custom assumed the additional office of Administrator of the Commonwealth who exercises the powers of the Governor-General of Australia in the Governor-General's absence or disability.[3]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Viceregal styles of
Paul de Jersey
Badge of the Governor of Queensland.svg
Reference style His Excellency the Honourable
Spoken style Your Excellency
Alternative style Sir
  • 21 September 1948 – 1966: Paul de Jersey
  • 1966 – 1968: Second lieutenant Paul de Jersey
  • 1968 – 1971: Lieutenant Paul de Jersey
  • 1971 – 1981: Paul de Jersey
  • 1981 – 17 February 1998: Paul de Jersey QC
  • 17 February 1998 – 12 June 2000: The Honourable Chief Justice Paul de Jersey QC, Chief Justice of Queensland
  • 12 June 2000 – 8 July 2014: The Honourable Chief Justice Paul de Jersey AC, QC, Chief Justice of Queensland
  • 8 July 2014 – 29 July 2014: Paul de Jersey AC, QC
  • 29 July 2014 – Present: His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, QC, Governor of Queensland

De Jersey's style and title as Governor in full is: His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey, Companion of the Order of Australia, Queen's Counsel, Governor of the State of Queensland in the Commonwealth of Australia.[2]

  • As Administrator: His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey, Companion of the Order of Australia, Queen's Counsel, Administrator of the Commonwealth of Australia.
OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) 12 June 2000[4]
Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png Knight of the Order of St John 19 November 2014
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal 2003[2]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal

Honorary degrees[edit]

Honorary appointments[edit]


  1. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland". PGovernment House Queensland. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  3. ^ Oath of Office as Administrator of the Commonwealth, ComLaw, 24 September 2014.
  4. ^ "de Jersey, Paul". Search Australian Honours. Australian Government. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Murtagh Macrossan
Chief Justice of Queensland
Succeeded by
Tim Carmody
Government offices
Preceded by
Penelope Wensley
Governor of Queensland