Retired District Court judge Julie Dick SC is one of two new members appointed to the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council (QSAC).
QSAC chair and retired District and Childrens Court judge John Robertson on Friday welcomed former judicial colleague Ms Dick and respected barrister Matthew Jackson as new appointments to the independently run government-funded council.
Mr Robertson said both Ms Dick and Mr Jackson had extensive criminal law backgrounds and would make valuable contributions to the QSAC team.
“Both bring different professional backgrounds and experiences to the Council, but share a common depth of understanding of how sentencing laws and practices can have impacts across the criminal justice system and the importance of enhancing community understanding of sentencing,” Mr Robertson said
“I have no doubt they will both make an outstanding contribution to the work of the Council.”
QSAC, which was first established in December 2010, dismantled under an LNP Government in 2012 and reconstituted in November 2016, was established to provide independent research and advice, seek public views and promote community understanding of sentencing matters.
Members include legal experts and community advocates with extensive experience in criminal law, domestic and family violence, victims of crime, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice issues and youth justice.
With a legal career spanning almost 50 years – 20 of those as a judge of the Queensland District, Childrens Courts and as an acting Supreme Court judge – Ms Dick retired from the bench in June last year.
Mr Matthews, a barrister practising in criminal and regulatory law, also has an interest in human rights and discrimination law. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2016, as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia in 2018 and as a barrister for the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2018.