Chief Justice resigns

State’s top judicial officer steps down after long-running controversy.

Chief Justice resigns
Queensland’s Chief Justice Tim Carmody has announced his resignation in a joint statement with Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath.

The announcement follows nearly a year of controversy since his appointment.

“We are pleased to be able to announce a dignified end to the controversy that has involved the Chief Justice and other judges of the Supreme Court in recent times,” the statement said.

“Consistent with Justice Carmody's offer and in a generous and gracious gesture for the greater public good, His Honour has tendered his resignation to His Excellency the Acting Governor.”

Carmody will remain in his office and standing as a judge of the Supreme Court, as provided for under section 13(2) of the Supreme Court of Queensland Act.

Just under one year ago, the Newman government elevated Carmody from chief magistrate to chief justice. The controversial promotion immediately drew criticism and caused rifts in the court, with a number of members of the judiciary publicly expressing their dissatisfaction with the appointment.

“This arrangement is intended to resolve issues currently surrounding the Queensland judiciary and to restore certainty and stability in the due administration of justice within the State,” the joint statement explained.

“In the spirit of moving forward, the Government will also provide a mediator, of eminent legal experience and seniority, to support the Judges of the Supreme Court in identifying and developing appropriate work practices and standards within the court.”

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