Carmody critic on the Supreme Court
A PROMINENT Queensland barrister who famously opposed the appointment of Tim Carmody as chief justice under the former Newman government has been elevated to the Supreme Court.
Brisbane barrister Peter Davis, QC, resigned as president of the Queensland Bar Association in 2014 after tapes of a private meeting with then- attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie, in which he criticised Justice Carmody’s appointment, were leaked. Mr Davis said at the time he was deeply disappointed his words were leaked and “distorted”.
Labor’s current Acting Attorney-General Cameron Dick yesterday announced Mr Davis would become a Supreme Court Justice, saying his appointment was “a pleasure”.
“Peter Davis is rightly rec- ognised as one of this state’s leading criminal lawyers and has been a senior leader of the Bar, including serving as a president of the Queensland Bar Association,” Mr Dick said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Cairns barrister Tracy Fantin has been named a District Court Judge, after serving on the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.