The Honourable Justice Peter J Lyons

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Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland

Date of Birth

26 November 1946

Judicial Career

  • Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (2009-)

Biographical Notes

Peter James Lyons was born on 26 November 1946 in Brisbane, to Michael Gerard Lyons, solicitor, and his wife Margaret, (née Mee). He completed his secondary education at Villanova College, Coorparoo (1963). Lyons graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Villanova University, Pennsylvania (1968). He then graduated Bachelor of Laws with honours at the University of Queensland (1976). Lyons was employed as an articled clerk with his father’s firm, MG Lyons & Co, in 1975. He married Ann O’Neill, who was later appointed the 100th judge of the court, on 22 March 1975. They had four sons – James, Joseph, Michael and Thomas.

On 18 December 1975, Lyons was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland, commencing a period of 33 years practice at the bar in Brisbane. He took silk on 10 November 1988. He served as vice president (1991-92 and 2003-2005) and president (2005-06) of the Bar Association of Queensland. Lyons has also been a member of the Legal Aid Commission (1993), the Mater Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee, the Visiting Committee of Griffith University Law School, and the Legal Practice Tribunal.

On 6 February 2009, Lyons was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He has been appointed to act as a member of the Land Appeal Court at Brisbane since 2009. He has been a supervising judge for the Supervised Case List since 2009.