The Honourable Justice Ann M Lyons

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Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland

Date of Birth

23 November 1953

Schooling

  • Loreto College, Coorparoo (1964-1971)

University Education

  • Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology (1997)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland (1977)

Judicial Career

  • Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (2006-)

Pre-judicial Career

  • President, Guardianship and Administration Tribunal (2000-2006)
  • Member, Panel of Assessors under the Health Practitioners (Professional Standards) Act 1999 (2000-2005)
  • Lawyer, Legal Services division of Queensland Rail (1999-2000)
  • Alternate Lawyer, Mater Private Hospital Research Ethics Committee (1998-2000)
  • Member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal (1995-2001)
  • Chairperson, Loreto College Coorparoo School Council (1993-1997)
  • Member, Brisbane Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Communications Commission (1990-1994)
  • Member, Villanova College Arts Festival Committee (1988-1993)
  • Production Coordinator, Queensland Law Society Journal (1987-1994)
  • Assistant Judge, Regional Matrimonial Tribunal (1982-1985)
  • Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology (1980-1986)
  • Tutor, Queensland University of Technology Law School (1978-1980)
  • Solicitor, Macrossan Byrne and Co (1977-1978)
  • Articled Clerk, Macrossan Byrne and Co (1975-1976)
  • Vice President, Queensland Breast Cancer Association Fund Raising Committee (1995)
  • Chairperson, Brisbane Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Communications Commission (1994)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland (1977)

Biographical Notes

Ann Majella Lyons was born on 23 November 1953 in Brisbane, Queensland, to Tim O’Neill, builder and company director, and his wife Patricia (née Kennedy). She was educated at Mt Carmel Primary School (1959-63) Loreto College, Cooparoo (1964–71), before graduating Bachelor of Laws (1977) from the University of Queensland. She completed her articles of clerkship with the Brisbane firm of Macrossan Byrne & Co. (1975–77) and was accredited as a mediator (1973).

On 2 February 1977, Lyons was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and continued to work at Macrossan Byrne & Co, principally in the areas of criminal law and civil litigation. She then worked as a tutor (1978–80) and lecturer (1980–86) at the Queensland University of Technology law school and the school of built environment. She also served as a canon lawyer and as an assistant judge on the Brisbane Catholic Archdiocesan Regional Matrimonial Tribunal (1982–85). She worked with the Queensland Law Society where she was responsible for the Queensland Law Society Journal (1987-94). Lyons was also a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (1995-2001), an anti-discrimination lawyer at Queensland Rail (1999-2000), a member of the panel of assessors under the Health Practitioners (Professional Standards) Act 1999 (Qld) (2000-05), and inaugural president of the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal (2000-06).

On 22 March 1975, she married Peter James Lyons, who would later be appointed the 106th judge of the court. They had four sons, James, Joseph, Michael and Thomas. In 1997, Lyons completed a Master of Laws degree at the Queensland University of Technology. She also served as the chairperson of the Loreto College School Council (1993-97), a member (1990–94) and later chairperson (1994) of the Brisbane Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Communications Commission, a member of the Mater Private Hospital Research Ethics Committee (1998-2000) and an executive member of the council of Australasian Tribunals (COAT) and convenor of the Queensland chapter (2006). The Queensland Women Lawyers Association named her Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2004. Lyons was featured in 'A Woman's Place: 100 years of Queensland Women Lawyers', published by the Supreme Court Library Queensland in 2005.

Lyons was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 10 July 2006, a member of the Mental Health Court (2008) and president of the Mental Health Court (2011).

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