The Courier-Mail

Bar As­so­ci­a­tion res­ig­na­tion throws a curve ball in tilt for chief jus­tice

- MATTHEW KILLORAN

A NEW name has risen in the hunt for the next chief jus­tice with ru­mours Jus­tice Glenn Martin may get the nod for the top job fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of his wife, Robyn Martin, from the Bar As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land.

Se­nior le­gal sources say they were sur­prised that Jus­tice Martin, 59, had not al­ready been one of the names in the mix for the le­gal ap­point­ment.

Long-serv­ing Court of Ap- peal judge Cather­ine Holmes has been con­sid­ered the front run­ner, with Jus­tices Mar­garet McMurdo and David Jack­son also con­sid­ered strong con­tenders.

Mem­bers of the Bar were shocked when pres­i­dent Shane Doyle, QC, wrote to them on Thurs­day to in­form them of Ms Martin’s res­ig­na­tion.

She had been in the role of chief ex­ec­u­tive since Jan­uary 2013 and Se­nior Deputy Crown So­lic­i­tor prior to that.

“Ms Martin leaves the as- so­ci­a­tion with my sin­cere thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the con­sid­er­able work she has done for the as­so­ci­a­tion and its mem­bers since her ap­point­ment,” Mr Doyle wrote.

Step­ping down from the role would clear any po­ten­tial con­flict of in­ter­est should Jus­tice Martin be pro­moted to the top of­fice.

Jus­tice Martin, who spoke yesterday at the Gold Coast Dis­trict Law As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, de­clined to com­ment, say­ing he wanted to stay out of the dis-

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