Judge Jarro to deliver First Nations lecture

District Court Judge Nathan Jarro will deliver the Townsville District Law Association’s 2023 First Nations Lecture next month.

Judge Jarro, who identifies as Ghangalu on his father’s side and Bidjara on his mother’s side, was the state’s only indigenous judge when he was appointed to the District Court in 2018.

He was called to the Bar in 2004 after practising as a solicitor, mainly in insurance and administrative law. He then held appointments to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (2009), the Mental Health Review Tribunal (2009) and the Aboriginal Land Tribunal (2015).

Judge Jarro was also board director of the Queensland Theatre Company (2011-2018), director of Major Brisbane Festivals Pty Ltd (2003-09) and board director of National Indigenous Television Ltd (2010-13).

The lecture will be chaired by North Queensland Law Association president Lorelei Billing, who is a Quandamooka and Bundjalung woman, and this year’s winner of Queensland Law Society Excellence in Law First Nations Solicitor of the Year.

The event, which includes networking drinks and canapés, is sponsored by QLS, North Queensland Bar Association, James Cook University and Australian Lawyers Alliance.


The free event will be held on 2 November at Rydges Southbank, Townsville, at 5.30pm.

Register here.

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