New Chief Justice aims for 'unnewsworthy' courts

NEWLY-appointed Queensland Chief Justice Catherine Holmes says she will ensure the court system becomes entirely un-newsworthy compared with the past year.

Justice Holmes, who made a brief statement on Tuesday to the media, said she was under no illusions about the challenges she faced in the role.

"I have accepted the offer of the appointment with some trepidation because I am under no illusion as to the challenges it presents at any time, let alone when it has been the subject of considerable public attention," she said.

"I do not propose to make any sweeping statements about my ambitions for the court when I have not yet got my feet under the desk.

"But I do want to make this point . . . I have great confidence in this court and the community, too, can have confidence in it."

Justice Holmes said she wanted to see stability returned to the court system after nearly a year of unrest following her predecessor's controversial elevation, and subsequent resignation, from the role.

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She said she it was her aim to create as calm a working environment as possible.

"Although over the last couple of months the management of the court has been in very capable hands, inevitably a lot of decisions have been properly deferred for the consideration of the person who would ultimately assume this position," she said.

"I think it is in the court's interests and in the interests of the community that I devote my time to working extremely hard at the tasks I have spoken about."

Queensland Bar Association president Shane Doyle welcomed the appointment and said the organisation looked forward to working with Justice Holmes and the Court for the efficient and effective administration of justice.

Justice Holmes will be sworn in this Friday in the state's ceremonial Banco Court.


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