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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