CHIEF JUSTICE STANDS DOWN

Written on the 1 July 2015 by Jenna Rathbone

CHIEF JUSTICE STANDS DOWN

CHIEF Justice Tim Carmody has officially tendered his resignation with the Attorney General's Office announcing it as a "dignified end to the controversy."

The resignation follows ongoing tensions with senior members of the judiciary and comes more than a month after he announced he would leave office if it was in the best interest of Queenslanders and "if the net gain of leaving exceeds that of staying."

"Consistent with Justice Carmody's offer and in a generous and gracious gesture for the greater public good, his honour has tendered his resignation to his excellency the acting governor," says a statement released jointly between Carmody and Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath.

Carmody will retain his office and stand as a judge of the Supreme Court while serving as a supplementary judicial member of the QCAT.

"This arrangement is intended to resolve issues currently surrounding the Queensland judiciary and to restore certainty and stability in the due administration of justice within the state," the statement says.

"The Chief Justice's sacrifice of the significant rights, remuneration and privileges of the Office of Chief Justice is recognised as an honourable act.

"Consistent with the principle of the separation of judicial power, this decision was one for his honour alone and he has shown strength of character in making his decision to do so."

When Carmody first announced his intention to resign at the end of May, it came with conditions, including the government undertaking a reform agenda including a judicial commission.

"In the spirit of moving forward, the government will also provide a mediator, of eminent legal experience and seniority, to support the judges of the Supreme Court in identifying and developing appropriate work practices and standards within the court," the statement says.

 
Author: Jenna Rathbone
About: Jenna Rathbone is a Queensland-based journalist who writes on a range of issues including business and property affairs and social issues.
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