The Honourable Justice John H Byrne AO RFD

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Senior Judge Administrator, Supreme Court of Queensland

Date of Birth

16 October 1948

Schooling

  • Brisbane Boys' College, Toowong (1956-1965)

University Education

  • Master of Laws, University of Michigan (1973)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland (1971)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland (1969)

Honours

  • Officer of the Order of Australia (2013)
  • Reserve Force Decoration (1985)

Judicial Career

  • Senior Judge Administrator, Supreme Court of Queensland (2007-)
  • Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (1989-)

Pre-judicial Career

  • Member, Supreme Court Library Committee (1985-1989)
  • Member, Supreme Court Rules Committee (1983-1989)
  • Member, University of Queensland Law Faculty Board (1982-1988)
  • Member, Board of Governors of the Australian Council of Social Service (1976-1977)
  • Honorary Secretary, Queensland Council of Social Service (1975-1983)
  • Articled Clerk, Morris Fletcher and Cross (1970-1972)
  • Chairman, Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (1989)
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel (1982)
  • Admitted as a Barrister (1972)

Extra Judicial Positions

  • Deputy President, Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal (2013-)
  • Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (2012-)
  • Chair, Council of the National Judicial College of Australia (2012-)
  • Convenor, Better Resolution of Litigation Group (2009-)
  • President, Australian Institute of Judicial Administration (2004-2006)
  • Member, Consultative Committee of the National Judicial College of Australia (2002-2004)
  • Member, National Judicial College Working Group (2000-2002)
  • Member, Law Admissions Consultative Committee (1998-2012)
  • Member, Organizing Committee of the National Judicial Orientation Program (1998-2010)
  • Member, Steering Committee of the Supreme and Federal Courts Judges' Conference (1998-2003)
  • Member, Council of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration (1997-2006)
  • Visiting Foreign Judicial Fellow, Federal Judicial Center (1996)
  • Member, Bond University Law School Advisory Board (1994-1999)
  • Member, Griffith University Law Faculty Visitors Committee (1994-1999)
  • Member, Litigation Reform Commission (1994-1996)
  • Chairman, Advisory Committee to establish Griffith University Law School (1990-1991)
  • Member, Supreme Court Rules Committee (1989-1991)

Biographical Notes

John Harris Byrne was born on 16 October 1948 in Brisbane, Queensland, to Joseph Henry Byrne, and his wife Neva Sears (née Harris). He was educated at Brisbane Boys’ College (1956–65), and the University of Queensland, graduating Bachelor of Arts (1969) and Bachelor of Laws (1971).

On 15 February 1972, Byrne was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He undertook postgraduate studies at the University of Michigan, graduating Master of Laws (1973). In 1974, he commenced a period of 15 years of practice at the bar in Brisbane, taking silk on 25 November 1982. Byrne served in the Infantry Corps in the Army Reserve (1966-85). He was second-in-command of the Queensland University Regiment during 1982 and commanded the Officer Cadet Training Unit at Wacol, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel (1982-85). He received the Reserve Force Decoration (1985). Byrne was honorary secretary of the Queensland Council of Social Service (1975–83), and a member of the board of governors of the Australian Council of Social Service (1976–77). He was also a member of the board of the Law Faculty at the University of Queensland (1982–88) and a member of the Supreme Court library committee (1985–89).

Byrne was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 25 July 1989. He served as a member of the Litigation Reform Commission (1994–96), a member of the council of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration (1997–2006), a member of the steering committee of the Supreme and Federal Courts Judges Conference (1998–2003), a member of the organising committee of the National Judicial Orientation Program (1998–2010), a member of the National Judicial College working group (2000–02), a member of the consultative committee of the National Judicial College of Australia (2002–04) and president of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration (2004–06). Byrne also chaired the advisory committee to establish the Law School at Griffith University (1990–91). He was also a member of the Griffith University Law Faculty visiting committee (1994–99) and of the Bond University Law School advisory board (1994–99). He was appointed senior judge administrator of the court on 24 August 2007.

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