The Honourable Justice Peter D Applegarth

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Date of Birth

06 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-)
  • Member, Faculty Advisory Board, Griffith Law School
  • Patron and Board Member, UQ Pro Bono Centre

Biographical Notes

Peter David Talbot Applegarth was born on 6 August 1958 in Brisbane, Queensland. Justice Applegarth attended Brisbane State High School (1971–75), and graduated Bachelor of Arts (1978) and Bachelor of Laws with first class honours (1980) from The University of Queensland.

During this period, His Honour commenced a long period of service as an executive member of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties (1978–2008). After graduating in law, Justice Applegarth served as associate to Justice Macrossan (1981) and worked as an articled clerk at the Brisbane firm of Morris Fletcher & Cross (1982).

On 1 February 1983, His Honour was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Justice Applegarth 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, His Honour served as associate to Justice Spender of the Federal Court of Australia (1986).

On 11 August 1986, Justice Applegarth was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland. His Honour commenced a period of almost 22 years in practice at the Bar in Brisbane, taking silk on 13 December 2000. During his time as a barrister Justice 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). Justice Applegarth’s practice included a wide range of civil and public law litigation, and His Honour appeared at a number of commissions of inquiry. Justice Applegarth’s areas of civil practice included professional negligence, commercial litigation, insurance law and media law

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

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