The Honourable Justice Duncan V C McMeekin

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Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland

Date of Birth

02 January 1955

Schooling

  • St Joseph's College, Nudgee (1968-1971)
  • Marist Brothers, Eastwood (1966-1967)
  • Port Moresby High School, Port Moresby (1966)
  • St Joseph's, Port Moresby (1964-1965)
  • Nudgee College, Indooroopilly (1960-1963)

University Education

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland (1977)
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland (1974)

Judicial Career

  • Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (2007-)

Pre-judicial Career

  • Sessional Member, Commercial and Consumer Tribunal (2003-2007)
  • Member, Judiciary Appeals Committee Rockhampton and Districts Rugby Union (1999-2001)
  • Trustee, Rockhampton Art Gallery (1998-2003)
  • Trustee, Rockhampton Girls' Grammar School (1998-2001)
  • Member, Bar Association of Queensland Committee (1985-1986)
  • Chairman, Former Queensland Marriage Guidance Council and now Relationships Australia (1983-1985)
  • Member, Judiciary Rockhampton and Districts Rugby Union (1978-1999)
  • Member, Former Queensland Marriage Guidance Council and now Relationships Australia (1978-1985)
  • Committee Member, Former Queensland Marriage Guidance Council and now Relationships Australia (1978-1982)
  • Member, Bar Association of Queensland (1977-2007)
  • Practised at the Bar in Queensland (1977-2007)
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees Rockhampton Girls' Grammar School (2002)
  • Approved Mediator (1999)
  • Appointed Senior Counsel (1998)
  • Vice-Chairman, The Rockhampton Club (1991)
  • Committee Member, The Rockhampton Club (1991)
  • Admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia (1977)

Biographical Notes

Duncan Vincent Cook McMeekin was born on 2 January 1955 in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, to Gordon Warren John, Head, Department of Primary Education, PNG, and his wife, Helen Mercia (née White). He attended Nudgee Junior College (1960-63) and primary schools in Port Moresby. He obtained his secondary education at Port Moresby High School (1966), Marist Brothers, Eastwood (1966–67), and St Joseph’s College Nudgee (1968–71). He attended the University of Queensland, graduating Bachelor of Economics (1974) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours (1977). After a brief period with the Public Curator’s Office in Brisbane (1976), he was employed as a law clerk with Elliott & Co before admission to the bar.

On 6 June 1977, McMeekin was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and then commenced practice at the bar in Rockhampton, taking silk on 16 December 1998. He was the inaugural lecturer in the subject ‘Law and the welfare of society’ at the then Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education. He married Elizabeth Ann Stewardson in (1980). They had four daughters. McMeekin was a member of the judiciary of the Rockhampton and Districts Rugby Union (1978–99), a member of the Rockhampton branch of the Queensland Marriage Guidance Council (1978–86), vice chairperson of the Rockhampton Club (1991), a trustee (1998–2001) and then chairperson of the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School(2002), chairperson and member of the judiciary appeals committee of the Rockhampton and Districts Rugby Union (1999–2001), and a trustee of the Rockhampton Art Gallery (1999–2003). He served on the committee of the bar association of Queensland as the country member (1985-86). McMeekin practised at the bar in Brisbane from 2003 to 2007.


On 15 October 2007, McMeekin was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He has served as the Central Judge at Rockhampton since 14 January 2008.

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