The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes

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Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland
11 September 2015–

The Honourable Chief Justice Holmes is a graduate of The University of Queensland—Bachelor of Laws (1980), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1989) and Master of Laws (Advanced) (1998), Queensland Institute of Technology—Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (1983) and Australian National University—Bachelor of Economics (1977).

Chief Justice Holmes was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1982, and as a barrister in 1984. From 1984 to 1986 Chief Justice Holmes worked as a Commonwealth Crown Prosecutor before commencing private practice at the Bar. In 1999, Chief Justice Holmes was appointed Senior Counsel.

Her Honour served as a founding member of the Women’s Legal Service (1984), member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal (1994–2000) and deputy president of the Queensland Community Corrections Board (1997). Chief Justice Holmes was Counsel assisting the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse (1998-99) and was the Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into the 2010-11 Queensland Floods (2011-12).

Chief Justice Holmes was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2015, having served as a judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal from 2006. Chief Justice Holmes has previously served as Judge of the Queensland Supreme Court (2000–06), Judge of the Queensland Mental Health Court (2000–04) and acting Judge of the District Court of Queensland (1999).

Chief Justice Holmes was featured in 'A Woman's Place: 100 years of Queensland Women Lawyers', published by the Supreme Court Library Queensland in 2005.

Further biographical details are available on request.

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