TIM Carmody has officially been announced as Queensland's new Chief Justice.
Rumours had been rife that the Chief Magistrate would get the nod.
Judge Carmody - who was born in the Darling Downs and was schooled in Inala and Brisbane - is a former police officer who was counsel assisting the Fitzgerald inquiry and was the commissioner of the child protection inquiry.
Premier Campbell Newman said Judge Carmody had the essential Queensland qualities needed for the chief justice position and described him as a knockabout bloke.
He said there had been many fine candidates and the decision was only made yesterday. Mr Newman said the chief justice must run the supreme courts and the justice system in Queensland.
"We need someone who is a fine legal mind, who Queenslanders relate to and can respect and understand," he said. "We need someone to lead our courts. "We have the right man for the job."
Mr Newman said Judge Carmody would take the justice system forward for next decade and beyond.
Responding to questions about an alleged bias towards the LNP, Judge Carmody said he was fiercely independent.
He said any agreement with the government was pure coincidence and he would act only in the public interest. Judge Carmody said he was honoured and humbled to accept the appointment.
"I look forward to being your humble servant from here on in," he said. "Fair, objective and independent justice is an integral part of the time tested foundation of our democracy and I will do my utmost to perform the duties of this high office in a progressive manner, while ensuring that foundation remains rock solid.
"The Chief Justice's prime responsibility is to the rule of law and maintaining community confidence in the administration of the justice within the state.
"He is the guardian of the defining legal and justice values of our democratic society and I will work hard every day to prove worthy of the public's trust in me.
"Chief Justice Paul de Jersey led the Court with distinction, dignity and vision. "As a proud Queenslander I accept the challenge of continuing his good work by striving to further improve the community's confidence in our justice system."
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said Tim Carmody was an outstanding appointment and would prove to be a great benefit to the justice system in Queensland.
"Tim Carmody is a person who understands the legal system from all perspectives given his 'experience rich' background and he is a person who has a deep, accurate and genuine understanding of community expectations and public sentiment," he said.
"Tim Carmody is perhaps the first person to be Chief Justice of Queensland who is also a former police officer so he is someone who intimately understands the role police play in the criminal justice system and the amount of work required to place somebody before the courts as well.
Queensland Law Society president Ian Brown said Judge Carmody served the profession with great distinction and would be a fine leader of the Queensland judiciary and the legal profession.
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