Judge of the District Court of Queensland
15 September 2008–
His Honour Judge Brendan Butler AM is a graduate of The University of Queensland—Bachelor of Arts (1975), Bachelor of Laws (1976) and Master of Laws (1986).
Judge Butler was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court in 1976 before commencing an appointment as prosecutor for the Solicitor General’s Office (1976–1986).
Judge Butler served as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (1989–1996;1998–2004) and was Chairperson of the Crime and Misconduct Commission (formerly the Criminal Justice Commission). In the latter role, His Honour presided in public and private hearings into organised crime and public sector misconduct.
Judge Butler was Counsel assisting the Commission of Inquiry into Possible Illegal Activities and Associated Police Misconduct (the Fitzgerald Inquiry) (1987–89) and the Commission of Inquiry into the Townsville General Hospital Psychiatric Unit/Ward 10B (1990).
His Honour was appointed Senior Counsel in 1994.
Judge Butler carried out a Review of the Provision of Legal Services to the Queensland Government and a Review of the Mental Health Act 2000 (Qld). His Honour also served as a part-time member of the Commercial and Consumer Tribunal from 2006 to 2008, presiding predominantly in Building List matters.
His Honour was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and in 2006 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community through public sector roles, the investigation of corruption and misconduct and the development of criminal justice administration in Queensland.
His Honour was appointed a judge of the District Court of Queensland on 15 September 2008, and was Chief Magistrate from 15 September 2008 until 14 September 2011.
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