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Justice Boddice moves to Qld Court of Appeal

Justice David Boddice will be promoted to the Court of Appeal to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honourable Philip McMurdo.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 27 February 2023 The Bar
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Boddice J spent almost 13 years as a justice of the Supreme Court and served as an additional judge of the Mental Health Court from 2011 to 2014 and as president of that court for a further three years.

His Honour was also the southern region judge of the Land Appeal Court from 2020.


Boddice J is “renowned for his rigorous work ethic”, Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said in a statement, over the course of a legal career that commenced in 1984 when His Honour was called to the bar. He was appointed as senior counsel in 2001.

Moreover, His Honour has served as a member of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, chair of the Queensland Nursing Tribunal, chairperson of Barristers’ Chambers Limited, junior and senior vice-president of the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland, and member of the continuing professional development committee of the Bar Association of Queensland.

Ms Fentiman said: “Justice Boddice is noted by his peers for both his skill and calm in the courtroom. His Honour possesses a wealth of experience that clearly warrants his new appointment.

“The court of appeal possesses the finest legal minds in Queensland, and Justice Boddice fits comfortably alongside them. Justice Boddice has been a passionate educator as the longstanding legal patron of the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland, encouraging barristers, instructing solicitors, medical practitioners and expert witnesses to gain a clearer understanding of what is required of them in sorting complex medical matters in the courtroom.”