Chief Justice Tim Carmody is expected to resign from his post, finding few friends in the legal fraternity after his appointment.
Chief Justice Tim Carmody is expected to resign from his post, finding few friends in the legal fraternity after his appointment. Chris Ison

Attorney-General applauds Carmody's plan to quit

ATTORNEY General Yvette D'Ath has applauded Chief Justice Tim Carmody's decision to resign.

She told ABC Radio Brisbane she hoped the judiciary would see it as a "significant gesture" to put the court's interest before himself.

READ THE STATEMENT FROM THE QUEENSLAND CHIEF JUSTICE

Ms D'Ath refused to discuss in-depth whether Mr Carmody had been bullied and the issues behind his decision, only saying she believed the judiciary needed to think about how they conducted themselves in the media.

She spoke about putting in place a protocol for judicial appointments.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath
Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath Nicky Moffat

Ms D'Ath said the Newman government and Queensland's attorney general when the new chief justice was appointed, LNP MP Jarrod Bleijie, did not properly consult before elevating Mr Carmody.

Mr Bleijie was reportedly unavailable to speak with ABC Radio.

Instead the LNP's shadow attorney general, MP Ian Walker, told the radio station Mr Carmody's decision was distressing news.

He described it as a gracious offer.

When asked if Mr Carmody had done anything wrong, Mr Walker said politicians were walking on eggshells and should not be judging at the moment. 

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'I'll quit to stop the bleeding' says Chief Justice Carmody

CHIEF Justice of Queensland Tim Carmody is now expected to resign from the role, "to stop the bleeding" and quell tensions from the legal community that have haunted the office since his appointment by the former Newman Government.

The Australian reports that Mr Carmody confirmed his intention to quit describing how the quarrels had made his job impossible.

It comes less than a fortnight after the Chief Justice went on sick leave for an ongoing back issue.

Mr Carmody came under new pressure after being accused of "perceived bias" by lawyers representing Brett Peter Cowan -- the man convicted of killing Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.

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The Chief Justice met with child protection advocate Hetty Johnston, which the legal team said could be perceived as Mr Carmody being against the convicted killer. Mr Carmody removed himself from the appeal before the application could go ahead.

His resignation would be conditional on him being given "fairness and just terms", in return for him hitting the eject button on a job that pays close to $500,000 in salary and benefits.

Mr Carmody said he had told Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath that he was considering his exit to protect the judiciary from further damage.

"Because this is not just about me, it's about the court," he told The Australian.

"I have one senior judge who won't sit with me on any cases.

"I have another senior judge who secretly records a conversation with me.

"That makes governance and my ability to do my job impossible."

It is understood that Justice John Byrne used his phone to record Mr Carmody who could be heard referring to colleagues as "scum".

Only weeks ago, Mr Carmody said he would work his entire term as chief justice.

Mr Carmody's appointment as chief justice in 2014 was condemned at the time by senior legal eagles, along with renowned corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald QC.

 



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