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Queensland judge elected head of Australia’s peak judicial association

One of Queensland’s most respected judges has been elected to the head the professional body representing all Australian judges and magistrates. 

Queensland Supreme Court Justice Glenn Martin AO was elevated to the role of President of the Judicial Conference of Australia (JCA)–now known as the Australian Judicial Officers Association (AJOA)–in Canberra over the past weekend. 

Justice Martin, who has served as the JCA’s Vice President for the past two years, replaces Justice Judith Kelly of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. 

Justice Kelly was the second woman to be President of the JCA.  

Justice Martin was admitted as a barrister of the Queensland Supreme Court in 1979, took silk in 1998, appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in 2007 and Member of the Order of Australia in 2013. 

He has also served as President of Queensland’s Industrial Court and Industrial Relations Commission. 

The JCA is the representative body for judges and magistrates in all courts throughout Australia.  Justice Martin has served as Vice President of the JCA for the last two years. 

At its meeting in Canberra over the past weekend, the JCA decided to change its name to the AJOA, partly because of the potential confusion caused by the use of the word ‘conference’. 

In another change, the JCA appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Lillian Lesueur, to replace Christopher Roper, who is retiring after almost 20 years of service as Secretary of the JCA.  

Lillian Lesueur is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the National Judicial College of Australia. 

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