Philip McMurdo

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Philip D. McMurdo (born 19 May 1954) is an Australian judge. He has been a judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal since 2015; he was previously a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 2003 to 2015.[1]

He was born in Brisbane, and studied at the University of Queensland. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1977 and admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1980. He was a part-time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission from 1995 to 2001. His wife, Margaret McMurdo, has also served on the court.[1]

He had been long-tipped for a Court of Appeal appointment before his promotion; in 2014, all judges apart from his wife nominated McMurdo as the most suitable choice for a vacancy, in advice that was ignored by then-Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie. [2] In the same year, he called for changes to judicial appointment processes following the controversy over the appointment of former Chief Justice Tim Carmody.[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Honourable Justice Philip D. McMurdo". Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Former attorney-general disregarded judges' advice on appointment". The Courier-Mail. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Judge Philip McMurdo backs calls for overhaul of Chief Justice selection process following Tim Carmody's appointment". The Courier Mail. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2016.