Veteran Queensland Supreme Court Justice Glenn Martin AM has been appointed as the state’s new Senior Judge Administrator, effective immediately.
Justice Martin – appointed to the bench in August 2007 – replaces the state’s newly appointed Chief Justice Helen Bowskill who was sworn-in as Queensland’s highest judicial officer on Tuesday.
The appointment was announced late Thursday in a statement released by Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman.
“Justice Martin brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served on the Supreme Court for almost 15 years, and with a career dedicated to upholding the values of our court system,” Ms Fentiman said.
“His Honour has led a diverse career, graduating from the University of Queensland in 1979 and being admitted as a barrister in our state’s Supreme Court as well as Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Solomon Islands.
“His Honour took silk in 1998 and was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2007.
“Notably, His Honour was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for significant service to the law, in particular for his contributions to the Australian Bar Association and to the community of Queensland.
Justice Martin is also the current President of the Australian Judicial Officers Association – a national representative body drawn from all levels of the Australian court system, dedicated to maintaining a strong and independent judiciary in our country.
“Justice Martin’s service in national legal organisations indicates the esteem in which His Honour is held, not only within the Queensland legal profession, but also across the country.
“It is heartening to see the wealth of experience, dedication and sharp intellect Justice Martin will bring to this additional position within Queensland’s justice system.”
Queensland Law Society President Kara Thomson today welcomed Justice Martin’s appointment.
“The role of Senior Judge Administrator is pivotal to the effective operation of the Queensland Supreme Court,” Ms Thomson said. “Justice Glenn Martin AM is an excellent appointment, bringing a deep experience and practical wisdom to this demanding, but crucial position in Queensland’s highest courts.
“Justice Martin is one of Queensland’s most respected judges and the Society is very much looking forward to working with His Honour on matters of court administration and progressing the Supreme Court’s work on the use of technology.”
Justice Martin was the inaugural chair of the International Council of Advocates and Barristers (2004–07) and a trustee of the Edinburgh Trust (2004–07).
Justice Martin has served as honorary secretary (1989–93), vice president (2001–03) and president (2003–05) of the Bar Association of Queensland.
His Honour also served as treasurer (2002–05), vice president (2005–06) and president (2006–07) of the Australian Bar Association and is a life member of the Association. He was the inaugural chair of the Australian Bar Association Advocacy Training Council (2007) and vice chairman of the International Advocacy Training Council (2011–16).