NSW Bar pays respects to two QCs

By Felicity Nelson|05 January 2016
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Members of the NSW Bar Association have acknowledged the passing of two QCs.

Jerrold Sydney Cripps QC, a former chief judge of the Land and Environment Court, and John Sinclair QC recently died.

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Mr Sinclair’s funeral was held on 22 December in Palmdale and Mr Cripps’ funeral service was held at St James Church, King Street, on 5 January.

Mr Sinclair, who died aged 89, was born in Brisbane and most recently lived in Mosman, according to a notice in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Mr Cripps was appointed as one of the foundation judges of the Land and Environment Court in 1980.

In 1985 he was appointed chief judge, a position he held until his appointment to the NSW Court of Appeal.

According to a release by the Land and Environment Court, Mr Cripps was instrumental in shaping the court as a specialist environmental court and in developing a body of environmental jurisprudence.

Mr Cripps was also influential in securing legal aid for environmental matters and funding for the Environmental Defenders Office, the first such aid for a community legal centre in NSW.

“His decisions upheld the public's right of access to environmental information, right to participate in decision-making, and access to the courts,” the court said. “He has left an important legacy for present and future generations.”

NSW Bar pays respects to two QCs
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