The Honourable Justice Peter D Applegarth

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Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland

Date of Birth

08 August 1958

University Education

  • Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford (1985)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland (1980)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland (1978)

Judicial Career

  • Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (2008-)

Pre-judicial Career

  • Part Time Member, Queensland Law Reform Commission (2001-2004)
  • Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, Queensland University of Technology Foundation Member, Practical Legal Training Advisory Committee, Griffith University (2001-2004)
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Queensland (1998-2001)
  • Lecturer in Federal Court Practice and Procedure at the Bar Practice Course (1988-2006)
  • Practised at the Bar in Queensland (1986-2008)
  • Executive Member, Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, including holding office of Secretary and Vice-President (1978-2008)
  • Member, Expert Panel to Advise Queensland Government on a new Civil and Administrative Tribunal (2008)
  • Chair, Marine Board of Inquiry into the abandonment of an ore carrier in the Gulf of Carpentaria during Tropical Cyclone Nelson (2007)
  • Appointed Senior Counsel (2000)
  • Associate to the Honourable Justice Spender, Federal Court of Australia (1986)
  • Solicitor, Morris Fletcher & Cross (1983)
  • Articled Clerk, Morris Fletcher & Cross (1982)
  • Associate to the Honourable Mr Justice Macrossan, Supreme Court of Queensland (1981)
  • Guest Lecturer in Media Law at University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University
  • Volunteer, Arts Law Centre
  • Queensland Editor, Gazette of Law & Journalism

Extra Judicial Positions

  • Part Time Lecturer, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland (2008-)

Biographical Notes

Peter David Talbot Applegarth was born on 8 August 1958 in Brisbane, Queensland, to David Victor Applegarth, insurance broker and his wife, Valerie Dawn (née Talbot ). He completed his secondary education at Brisbane State High School (1971-75), and graduated Bachelor of Arts (1978) and Bachelor of Laws with first class honours (1980) at the University of Queensland. During this period, Applegarth commenced a long period of service as an executive member of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties (1978-2008). After graduating, Applegarth served as associate to Macrossan J (1981) and worked as an articled clerk at the Brisbane firm of Morris Fletcher & Cross (1982). On 1 February 1983, he was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He was awarded a University of Queensland travelling scholarship, and undertook two years of postgraduate study at Magdalen College Oxford (1983-85), graduating Bachelor of Civil Laws (1985). Upon his return to Brisbane, he served as associate to Justice Spender of the Federal Court of Australia (1986). He married Janelle Shay Rogers on 1 April 1984. They had three daughters – Clare, Kate and Megan.

On 11 August 1986, Applegarth was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He then commenced a period of almost 22 years in practice at the bar in Brisbane, taking silk on 13 December 2000. Applegarth was a board member of Legal Aid Queensland (1998–2001), a part-time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission (2001–04), and served as chairperson of the Marine Board of Inquiry into the abandonment of an ore carrier during a cyclone (2007).

On 29 August 2008, Applegarth was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He served as a Supervised Case List judge in 2010 and as a Commercial List judge between 2011 and 2013. He resumed duties as a Supervised Case List Judge in 2014.

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