This week, Queensland Law Society welcomed new Justice Declan Kelly QC and recognised the end of two judges’ judicial careers.
At the welcome ceremony, QLS President Elizabeth Shearer spoke highly of Justice Kelly QC, acknowledging his new appointment to the Supreme Court as a recognition of his outstanding achievement as a legal practitioner.
“The power of your intellect was recognised by the awarding of the University medal, honed by your studies at Oxford, and has been demonstrated ever since in your successful career at the bar.
“Your considerable acts of charity and compassion are not trumpeted. To the public, it can seem odd to talk of the quality of humility as an important quality in a judge. But the humble, respectful, and patient exercise of judicial power is essential to public respect for the rule of law.”
At the farewell ceremony for District Court judges Richard Jones and David Reid, President Shearer explained that the judges had worked hard to deliver justice in remote locations as well as in Queensland’s major population centres.
Discussing Judge Jones’ service, she said “We particularly want to acknowledge your unfailing courtesy and patience in your dealings with all who appeared before you, whether counsel, solicitors, experts or unrepresented parties.”
President Shearer wished Judge Reid well, saying “Throughout your career, including your time on the bench, you have been known for your ability to make complex issues simple, your unfailing courtesy, and your deep and personal commitment to equality.”
Read Ms Shearer’s speech for Justice Kelly QC.
Read Ms Shearer’s speech for judges Richard Jones and David Reid.