Chief Justice Tim Carmody
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Trad: We won't back Chief Justice Carmody's reforms

DEPUTY Premier Jackie Trad has shot down Chief Justice Tim Carmody's push for judiciary and court reform as his resignation condition.

Ms Trad said on Tuesday no offers had been given to Justice Carmody and doing so would be an inducement.

Justice Carmody released a statement on Monday saying the public deserved a resolution to problems between himself and his colleagues immediately.

His fellow justices were so incensed by the former chief magistrate's appointment they boycotted his swearing in ceremony and Court of Appeal President Margaret McMurdo has since refused to sit on cases with Justice Carmody.
 

South Brisbane MP Jackie Trad Photo: Greg Miller / Sunshine Coast Daily.
South Brisbane MP Jackie Trad Photo: Greg Miller / Sunshine Coast Daily. Greg Miller

Justice Carmody said the judiciary's cultural and structural problems "festering" before he came along needed to be addressed for him to step down from the job he has held for ten months.

The Queensland Law Society has rejected the push for a supreme court royal commission.

The legal organisation's president, Michael Fitzgerald, said Queensland's supreme court judges were "carrying out their duties with nothing less than their usual exemplary conduct".

But the society supports the establishment of a protocol for judicial appointments after reviewing current processes and consulting with stakeholders.

"We have regular meetings with the various Queensland courts' heads of jurisdiction," Mr Fitzgerald said.

"We are open to discuss changes, but nothing has been raised with us apart from the possibility of televised court proceedings."

But he called for discussions about a judge's resignation to be held privately between the judge and attorney-general.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told AAP the government had made it clear the ball was in the chief justice's court.

"The attorney-general stands willing and able to meet with the chief justice at the earliest opportunity," she said.

"We must have confidence in the courts.

"This is now not just a Queensland issue, this has become a national issue and it must be sorted out."

Ms Palaszczuk would not comment on Justice Carmody's decision to outline his vision at a Hamilton Island legal conference on Friday.

"Due to separation of powers I cannot comment on the Chief justice other than comments that have been made publicly and I think it's up to Queenslanders to have their views on whether or not they think that's appropriate," she said.

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