The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC

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Chief Justice of Queensland, Supreme Court of Queensland

Date of Birth

21 September 1948

Biographical Notes

Companion of the Order of Australia (2000)

Centenary Medal (2003)

Hon LLD (Qld) (2000), Hon Doctor of the University (USQ) (2008)

Life Member Bar Association of Queensland

Born 21 September 1948; married Kaye 1971; two daughters and one son: Carolyn, Alison and David; three grandchildren.

Secondary education at Church of England Grammar School (1961-1965) and then University of Queensland, graduated BA (1969), LL.B.(Hons) 1971; Queensland University Regiment 1966-71 (Commissioned 1969)

Called to the Bar (Queensland) 1971; appointed Her Majestyís Counsel 1981.

At the Bar, a broad general practice with a focus on the commercial field; appeared in constitutional cases before the High Court of Australia; appeared before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985; Commercial Causes Judge 1986-1989; Chairman, Supreme Court Library Committee 1988-1994; Chairman, Attorney-Generalís Consultative Committee on Computerised Legal Information Retrieval 1990-1991; Judge constituting the Mental Health Tribunal, 1994-1996; President, Queensland Industrial Court, 1996-1997; Chairman, Law Reform Commission (Qld) 1996-1997.

Appointed Chief Justice of Queensland 17 February 1998.

Chair, Judicial Section, Law Association of Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA), since 2006.

Visitor, The University of the South Pacific, 2006-2009.

Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane since 1991; member of the Chapter of St Johnís Cathedral since 1989; member of the Council of the Anglican Church Grammar School 1990-1997.

President, Australian Cancer Society 1998-2001 (Vice President 1995-1998); Trustee of the National Breast Cancer Foundation 1994-1999; Chairman of the Queensland Cancer Fund 1994-2001.

Member, Centenary of Federation Committee (Queensland), 1998-2002.

Chair, Queensland Constitutional Convention, Gladstone, June 1999.

Honorary Consultant Member, Independent Commission on the Future of Policing
(UK), from 2012.

Chairperson, Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, from 20 June 2013

In late July 2014, de Jersey will serve as Governor of Queensland.

Patronage as follows:


Art from the Margins

BBC Indigenous Fund

Camerata of St Johnís

Christian Lawyers Society

CLEAR Australia International Ltd

Corporate Lawyers Association (Qld)

Gold Coast District Law Association Inc (GCDLA)

Indigenous barristersí fund of the Bar Association of Queensland, The Mullenjaiwakka Trust

Kingís College Foundation

Medico-Legal Society of Qld

Queensland Justices Association Inc

Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH)

United Service Club

UQ Pro Bono Law Centre

Deputy Patron:

Royal Commonwealth Society (Qld)

Judicial Papers

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