MEGAN MAHON, Queensland Law Society president, has appealed for calm in the aftermath of revelations about District Court Judge Sarah Bradley.
“It is time for calm and nothing is to be achieved by any ill-considered and possibly ill-informed comment on this matter,” she said in a statement circulated to the media last week.
The reputation of the judiciary has been shaken in recent weeks when comments made by District Court Judge Sarah Bradley at a 2005 gang-rape trial were made public. It was reported by The Australian newspaper that the Cairns-based District Court judge did not record convictions for six male perpetrators at Aurukun Indigenous community in Cape York, commenting at the time that the 10-year-old child victim “probably agreed” to have sex with them.
Mahon has censured the media for its reporting of the story: “Personal attacks on any member of the judiciary are utterly intolerable and should be rejected completely … Neither the media nor any community group — however sincere and well-meaning their motives might be in this matter — should try and supplant the due process of our justice system which is a robust one with inbuilt checks and balances.”
The Queensland Attorney-General, Kerry Shine, has indicated that an appeal has been filed against the decision.