Magistrate appointments in the wake of controversy
Two magistrates have been appointed in Queensland a week after the controversial appointment of Tim Carmody QC as the state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice.
Deputy chief magistrate Ray Rinaudo and magistrate Leanne O’Shea have been appointed as chief magistrate and deputy chief magistrate, respectively.
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Rinaudo has been a magistrate in Queensland for nine years served as Queensland Law Society (QLS) President from 1991 to 1992.
O’Shea is currently the magistrate of the Children’s Court in Brisbane (pictured). She has also held the role of president of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.
The QLS “warmly welcomed” the appointees.
Last week (12 June) the QLS also welcomed chief magistrate Carmody as Queensland’s new Supreme Court Chief Justice. However, the decision has since sparked a public row involving Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie and various legal bodies, including the Australian Bar Association, which has claimed Carmody’s appointment has “seriously called into question” the independence of the judiciary.