Car­mody critic on the Supreme Court

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - STU­ART LAYT

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.

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