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Televised ceremony to honour Chief Judge’s 30 years of service

A valedictory ceremony to honour Queensland District Court Chief Judge Kerry O’Brien on Thursday has become so popular the Brisbane event will be beamed into courts around the state.

The ceremony will recognise the more than 30 years of honourable judicial service Judge O’Brien has given to Queensland and mark his retirement as the longest-serving judge of the District Court since it was reconstituted in 1958.

Legal practitioners and members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony, to be held in the QEII Courts of Law’s ceremonial Banco Court, in George St, at 9.15am.


Chief Judge O’Brien

A Supreme and District Court spokesperson said that, due to COVID-19 safety measures, there was no capacity to accommodate anyone in the Banco Court who was not a formally invited guest.

However, she said a live video feed of the event could been seen by members of the legal profession in Courtroom 23, on Level 7.

“Courtroom 31 on Level 8 will be open for the general public to view the ceremony,” she said. “The ceremony will also be live-streamed to regional courthouses in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Southport, Beenleigh, Ipswich and Maroochydore.”

Chief Judge set to retire after 30 years on District Court bench

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