A retired judge and former Queensland Planning and Environment Court president has joined the law faculty of a Sunshine State university.
Retired District Court judge John Newton (pictured) has been announced as the newest appointment to Bond University’s faculty of law.
A statement released by the university said the retired judge will join staff teaching the Professional Legal Training (PLT) graduate diploma course.
Executive Dean Professor Nick James welcomed Justice Newton to the faculty, underscoring the value of having a former member of the judiciary available to guide the next generation of lawyers.
“The involvement of such an eminent Queensland jurist in our programs gives our students access to a fantastic ‘mentor’ in professional legal training as they transition from law school to professional practice,” Professor James said.
“This is a rare opportunity for law students to benefit from the personal insights, experience and guidance of an esteemed member of the judiciary as they prepare to become legal professionals,” he said.
Justice Newton dedicated over two decades serving on the bench in the Southport District Court, presiding over the Queensland Planning and Environment Court and the Children’s Court.
He also supported Bond Law School during his time as a judicial officer, with an annual mooting scholarship named in his honour. Three Judge John Newton Mooting Scholarships are awarded each year and cover 50 per cent of LLB students’ tuition fees. Participants in the National High School Mooting Competition administered by Bond University are eligible to apply.