Chief Justice Tim Carmody.
Chief Justice Tim Carmody.

Chief Justice Tim Carmody denies LNP bent

AMID criticism he was not fit for the Chief Justice job he has nabbed any suggestions he held an LNP bias, Chief Magistrate Tim Carmody declared he was "fiercely independent".

Judge Carmody, who will take over from outgoing Chief Justice Paul de Jersey on July 8, said he could not ignore criticism from respected legal professionals but after considering it, he decided it was unfounded.

"I can do this job. I will do this job. I shouldn't not do this job because somebody else says I shouldn't," he said.

"It's as bad to be biased against the government as it is for a government. No judge should be biased either way.

"We uphold the rule of law, that includes respect for government's right to make the laws.

"Whether they are popular, perceived to be right and wrong is irrelevant to us.

"If my views happen to coincide with the government's views that's pure coincidence.

"I have the training and the long experience to be able to put aside my personal views to do the job that's required in the public interest."

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 Queensland's 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.

"We have the right man for the job," he said.

Mr Newman said Judge Carmody would take the justice system forward for next decade and beyond.

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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