ARRIVAL OF THE NEW BOSS
Incoming chief vows to end the distractions and stabilise court
SERIOUS distractions have plagued the Supreme Court which faces an “immediate period of problem solving”, according to newly appointed Chief Justice Catherine Holmes.
While not mentioned by name, the shadow of former chief justice Tim Carmody hung over her statements as she talked about not making “sweeping statements” and achieving stability.
It was a vastly different approach to Justice Carmody who announced plans to broadcast trials and declared he was “not the smartest lawyer in the room” after his appointment to the top job.
Justice Holmes, who will be sworn in on Friday, said the court had faced “some pretty serious distraction” but had continued to operate as normal.
“I have accepted the offer of appointment with some trepidation because I am under no illusions as to the challenges it presents at any time, let alone when it’s been the subject of considerable public attention,” she said.
“I do not propose to make any sweeping statements about my ambition for the court when I’ve not yet got my feet under the desk.”
She said staff had been leaving the courts at a rate that was not good for any organisation.
Justice Holmes made it clear that she intended to be very active on the bench for both trials and appeals.
She also said because there were two judges at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal it meant there were already fewer judges for trials and appeals, and that would be one issue to be addressed.