Queensland’s Chief Justice resigns

The Chief Justice of Queensland’s Supreme Court today announced her resignation from the bench from March next year.

Chief Justice Catherine Holmes announced her decision in a two-paragraph statement released at noon today.

“Today I advised his Excellency the Governor of my resignation as Chief Justice of Queensland and as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, with effect from 19 March 2022,” her Honour’s statement said..

“By that date, I will have been Chief Justice for six and half years and a judge of the Supreme Court for 22 years. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to hold both positions.”

Queensland Law Society President Elizabeth Shearer today expressed her gratitude, and that of the Queensland legal profession, for the fine leadership and service of the Chief Justice.

“Chief Justice Holmes serves the people of Queensland tirelessly, and with great distinction,” she said. “She is the first woman to have held the role of Chief Justice at the apex of our court system in Queensland, and her leadership is of particular inspiration to women in the legal profession. We look forward to the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate her contribution to the administration of justice in Queensland more formally in 2022.”

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  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Catherine Holmes at the New Year Social event on 11th February 2021 although a a complete newcomer I was unaware who she was as she was not wearing her name badge. She said she had not put it on as she did not wish to damage her dress. I wish her all the best in her retirement from the position of Chief Justice. I have been retired from the law for nearly 2 years now.

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