The Honourable Justice Roslyn G Atkinson

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Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland

Date of Birth

30 November 1948

Schooling

  • Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Gregory Terrace (1965)

University Education

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland (1985)
  • Bachelor of Education Studies, University of Queensland (1975)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Queensland (1970)

Awards

  • James Archibald Douglas Prize, Bar Practice Course (1985)
  • Morris Fletcher & Cross Prize (1984)
  • Wilkinson Memorial Prize for Top Graduating Law Student (1984)
  • Women Lawyers' Prize, University of Queensland (1984)
  • Virgil Power Prize (1984)
  • Feez Ruthning Prize, University of Queensland (1983)
  • Ruthning Memorial Scholarship (1983)

Judicial Career

  • Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (1998-)

Pre-judicial Career

  • Hearing Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (1994-1997)
  • President, Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal (1994-1997)
  • Deputy Chair, Queensland Law Reform Commission (1994-1996)
  • Member, Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal (1992-1994)
  • Commissioner, Queensland Law Reform Commission (1990-1994)
  • Member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal (1988-1990)
  • Practised at the Bar in Queensland (1987-1998)
  • Associate to the Honourable Justice Brennan, High Court of Australia (1986-1987)
  • Lecturer, Literature, Drama, Film and Australian Studies, Queensland Institute of Technology (1979-1985)
  • Consultant, Innovations programme of the Australian Schools Commission and Theatre Board of Australia Council (1976-1979)
  • Actor and Theatre Administrator (1975-1978)
  • Teacher (1970-1974)
  • Admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland (1987)
  • Articled Clerk, Feez Ruthning (1985)

Extra Judicial Positions

  • Chair, Queensland Law Reform Commission (2002-2013)
  • President, International Commission of Jurists (Queensland Branch) (2000-2013)
  • Board, Expressions Dance Company (1999-2002)
  • Convenor, Constitutional Centenary Foundation (Queensland Branch) (1999-2000)

Biographical Notes

Roslyn Gay Atkinson was born on 30 November 1948 in Brisbane, to Oliver John Scott (Jock) Atkinson, DFC, small business proprietor, and Heather Noelle Atkinson (née Crofts), University College bursar. She attended Brisbane Girls Grammar School (1961-1965), before graduating Bachelor of Arts with honours (1970) and Bachelor of Education Studies (1975) from the University of Queensland. She initially pursued careers in the arts and education. She married Richard Fotheringham. They have two children. Justice Atkinson then completed a Bachelor of Laws degree with first class honours at the University of Queensland (1985). She received the Feez Ruthning Prize in Company Law (1983), the Women Lawyers Prize (1984), Ruthning Memorial Scholarship (1984), the Virgil Power Prize (1984), the Morris Fletcher & Cross Prize (1984) and the Wilkinson Memorial Prize (1984). She commenced articles of clerkship at the Brisbane firm, Feez Ruthning (1985), and then served as an associate to Brennan J of the High Court of Australia (1986).

On 23 February 1987, she was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and commenced practice at the bar in Brisbane. Whilst in practice at the bar, Justice Atkinson also served as a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (1988–90), a member (1990–96) and deputy chair (1994–96) of the Queensland Law Reform Commission, a member of the advisory committee to the Law Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology (from 1991), a member (1992–94) and later inaugural president (1994–97) of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, and a hearing commissioner for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (1994–97). She also served as a member of the management committee of the Caxton Legal Service and as subeditor of the Queensland Reports.

On 3 September 1998, Justice Atkinson was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She also serves as chair of the Queensland Law Reform Commission (from 2002) and president of the International Commission of Jurists (Queensland) (from 2000).

Atkinson 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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