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The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes AC
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland
The Honourable Chief Justice Holmes AC is a graduate of The University of Queensland—Bachelor of Laws (1980), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1989) and Master of Laws (Advanced) (1998), Queensland Institute of Technology—Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (1983) and Australian National University—Bachelor of Economics (1977). Her Honour has also been conferred the degrees of Doctor of Laws honoris causa of The University of Queensland (2016) and Honorary Doctor of the University, Griffith University (2016).
Chief Justice Holmes was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1982, and as a barrister in 1984. From 1984 to 1986 Chief Justice Holmes worked as a Commonwealth Crown Prosecutor before commencing private practice as a barrister. In 1999 Chief Justice Holmes was appointed Senior Counsel.
Her Honour served as a founding member of the Women’s Legal Service (1984), member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal (1994–2000) and deputy president of the Queensland Community Corrections Board (1997). Chief Justice Holmes was Counsel assisting the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse (1998–99) and was the Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into the 2010–11 Queensland Floods (2011–12).
Chief Justice Holmes was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2015, having served as a judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal from 2006. Chief Justice Holmes has previously served as Judge of the Queensland Supreme Court (2000–06), Judge of the Queensland Mental Health Court (2000–04) and acting Judge of the District Court of Queensland (1999).
Her Honour is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. In January 2020, her Honour was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for ’eminent service to the judiciary, notably to criminal, administrative and mental health law, and to the community of Queensland’.
Chief Justice Holmes was featured in ‘A Woman’s Place: 100 years of Queensland Women Lawyers’, published by the Supreme Court Library Queensland in 2005.