Justice Kerri Mellifont QC has been appointed as the new President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Justice Mellifont, who was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court on Monday 4 October, will replace current President Justice Martin Daubney AM next month. Justice Daubney is to become Chancellor at the Australian Catholic University from 1 January 2022.
Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said on Friday that Justice Mellifont was most deserving of the role.
“Justice Mellifont has 27 years’ experience in criminal and regulatory law, including more than five years at the Public Defender’s Office, similar time at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, and almost two decades at the private bar,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Her Honour is eminently qualified to perform her new duties, which include overseeing the efficient operation of the Tribunal, maintaining a positive and cohesive culture, and hearing significant matters herself.”
QCAT, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, was created from the merger of 18 tribunals, and since then it has finalised more than 300,000 matters under more than 170 different Acts and regulations.