The Honourable Justice Debra A Mullins

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Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland

Date of Birth

12 February 1957

Schooling

  • Coorparoo State High School, Coorparoo (1973)

University Education

  • Master of Laws (Adv), University of Queensland (1999)
  • Master of Laws, University of Queensland (1987)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland (1980)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland (1977)

Honours

  • D Univ (Griffith University) (2010)
  • Agnes McWhinney Award, Queensland Law Society (2009)

Judicial Career

  • Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (2000-)

Pre-judicial Career

  • Committee Member, Bar Association of Queensland Committee (1998-2000)
  • Convenor, Equal Opportunities Panel of the Queensland Bar Association (1996-2000)
  • Member, Equalising Opportunities in the Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia (1995-2000)
  • Part-time Member, Queensland Building Tribunal (1994-2000)
  • Practised at the Bar in Queensland (1984-2000)
  • Solicitor, Kinsey Bennett & Gill (1980-1984)
  • Articled Clerk, Kinsey Bennett & Gill (1978-1980)
  • Appointed Senior Counsel (1998)
  • Admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland (1984)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland (1980)

Extra Judicial Positions

  • Chancellor, Anglican Diocese of Brisbane (2014-)
  • Patron, Justice and the Law Society, formerly Women and the Law Society (2007-)
  • Adjunct Professor, Griffith University Law School (2006-)
  • QUT Nominee, Bar Practice Course Management Committee (2005-2013)
  • Trustee, Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation (2005-)
  • Deputy Chancellor, Anglican Diocese of Brisbane (2004-2014)
  • Member, Chapter of St. John's Cathedral, Brisbane (2002-)
  • Member, Griffith University Law School Visiting Committee (2001-)
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal (2001-)
  • Member, Council of the Cannon Hill Anglican College (1997-2007)
  • Part-time Member, Queensland Law Reform Commission (1996-2002)

Biographical Notes

Debra Ann Mullins was born on 12 February 1957 in Sydney, to Ken Curtis, bookmaker, and his wife Laurina (née Holz). She attended Coorparoo State High School (1969–73), and the University of Queensland, graduating Bachelor of Commerce (1977) and Bachelor of Laws with honours (1980). She undertook articles of clerkship at Kinsey Bennett & Gill (1978-80), and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 5 February 1980. She married Pat Mullins in 1981. They had two sons – Patrick and Martin – and one daughter, Anna.

On 26 April 1984, Mullins was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and commenced practice at the bar in Brisbane, taking silk on 16 December 1998. She served as a part-time member of the Queensland Building Tribunal (1994–2000), a part-time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission (1996–2002), a member of the council of the Cannon Hill Anglican College (1997–2007) and a member of the committee of the Bar Association (1998). She also graduated Master of Laws (1987) upgraded to Master of Laws (Advanced) (1999) at the University of Queensland.

On 16 March 2000, Mullins was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Since her appointment she has served as a member of the chapter of St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane (from 2002), deputy chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane (2004-2014), chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane (2014-), trustee of the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation (from 2005), a member of the visiting committee of the Law School at Griffith University (from 2001) and an adjunct professor at Griffith University Law School (from 2006). She was the recipient of the Queensland Law Society Agnes McWhinney Award in 2009 and appointed a Doctor of the University by Griffith University in 2010.

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

Judicial Papers

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