Queensland's former Chief Justice Tim Carmody was forced to resign earlier this year.
Queensland's former Chief Justice Tim Carmody was forced to resign earlier this year. Chris Ison

Protocol for appointing judges after Carmody controversy

GUIDELINES for appointing judges in Queensland will be up for discussion by year's end.

But Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said there was no fixed timeframe for implementing the protocol.

The discussion paper will be released in the wake of the Chief Justice controversy in which Tim Carmody was forced to resign under intense pressure from legal circles over his unsuitability for the role.

"Certainly how the appointment occurred under the previous government was the impetus for us to announce that we would establish a protocol, but we didn't expect to necessarily be appointing a new chief justice in our first term of government," she told a parliamentary estimates hearing in Brisbane on Thursday.

Ms D'Ath said Australian and overseas models would be considered in order to determine the best protocol.

"I hope to have a discussion paper that I'd like to circulate for the legal profession, the judiciary, the public more broadly and the Opposition to consider and have input into, to put ideas forward," she said.

"We know there's a minimum requirement of how long they've been in the legal profession, but I think when you are looking at appointments, we need to be looking more about what sort of skill set do we need from someone who is going to be sitting there as a magistrate making decisions or a District Court or Supreme Court judge, a member of the Court of Appeal or Chief Justice in looking at who is the best person for the job.

"And also our obligations to ensure that our courts and our judicial system is representative of our broader community.

"How do we get diversity in the membership of our judicial system?"

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