The Honourable Justice Timothy Carmody

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Judicial Career

  • Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (2014-)
  • Chief Justice of Queensland, Supreme Court of Queensland (2014-2015)
  • Chief Magistrate, Magistrates Court (2013-2014)
  • Judge, District Court of Queensland (2013-2014)
  • Judge, Family Court of Australia (2003-2008)

Biographical Notes

Timothy Francis Carmody was called to the Queensland Bar in 1982.

He was a legal officer assisting the Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption from 1987 to 1989 and was responsible for leading a multi-disciplinary forensic team, and managing informants and covert operatives in organized prostitution investigations and related illegal activities. From 1989 to 1991 he was a special prosecutor, conducting prosecutions of official corruption and other offences arising out of Fitzgerald Inquiry investigations.

In 1996 to 1997 he was Junior Counsel Assisting the Inquiry into the Criminal Justice Commission, a public review and evaluation of the effectiveness and overall operations of Queenslandís original anti-corruption body.

He was appointed as a Senior Counsel for the State of Queensland in 1999, and as one of Her Majestyís Counsel for the State of Queensland in 2013.

From 1998 to 2002 he was the inaugural Queensland Crime Commissioner, investigating major drug and organized crime in the State using special coercive powers including compulsory examination of witnesses.

In 2011, as a then silk practising at the private Bar, Justice Carmody was appointed by the Governor-General as a part-time examiner for the Australian Crime Commission; to undertake and supervise the use of the Commissionís coercive powers for the Commissionís special operations and investigations.

Justice Carmody has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Queensland University of Technology.

Justice Carmody has previously held judicial office. From 2003 until 2008, he was a justice of the Family Court of Australia, where he was the Regional Coordinating Judge of that Courtís Queensland Registry. He was a member of the Courtís Law Reform Committee and the Courtís Policy Advisory Committee. He also chaired the Courtís Case Management Process and Procedures Committee.

From 2013 until his current appointment, Justice Carmody was a judge of the District Court of Queensland, and the Chief Magistrate of Queensland.

Prior to his most recent judicial appointments, Justice Carmody was the Chairman of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.

Justice Carmody commenced his appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and as Chief Justice of Queensland, on 8 July 2014. He resigned as Chief Justice on 1 July 2015.

Justice Carmody was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for distinguished service to the law.

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