The Honourable Margaret A Wilson

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Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland

Date of Birth

24 February 1953

Judicial Career

  • Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (1998-2014)
  • Additional Judge, Queensland Court of Appeal (2011-2012)
  • Commercial List Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (2009-2011)
  • Judge, Queensland Mental Health Court (2002-2005)

Biographical Notes

Margaret Anne Wilson was born on 24 February 1953 in Brisbane, Queensland, to John Wilson, and his wife Muriel Florence (née Geater). She was school captain and dux of Clayfield College, Brisbane (1970), and attended the University of Queensland on an open scholarship and a Queen’s scholarship. She graduated Bachelor of Arts (1973) and Bachelor of Laws with honours (1976). She was the recipient of the Mary Alison Miles Munro Scholarship for Japanese (1971), the Butterworths Prize in Administrative Law (1975), the Feez Ruthning Prize in Company Law (1975) and the John Hughes Wilkinson Memorial Prize in Law (1976). After undertaking articles of clerkship at the Brisbane firm of Feez Ruthning (1976-77), Wilson was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 31 January 1978.

On 27 March 1979, she was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and commenced practice at the bar in Brisbane. She took silk on 3 December 1992. Wilson served as a member of the committee of the Bar Association of Queensland (1984–86, 1995–97), a member of the Civil Procedure Division of the Litigation Reform Commission (1994–96), a member of the board of the Law Faculty at the University of Queensland (1995–96), a commissioner of the Legal Aid Commission (1996–97), a member of the board of Legal Aid Queensland (1997–98) and a member of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (1996–98). She was also the chairperson of the Queensland Child Care Review Tribunal (1994–97). She was a co-editor of and contributor to Ryan, Weld & Lee’s Queensland Supreme Court Practice.

On 20 August 1998, Wilson was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She also served as the judge constituting the Mental Health Court (2002-05), as a Commercial List judge (2009-11) and as an additional judge of appeal (2011-12). Since her appointment, Wilson has served as a member of the rules committee (1999–2011) and the judges’ building committee (from 2006). She represented the court on the rules harmonisation committee established by the Council of Chief Justices (from 2000). Wilson was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003.

Wilson 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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