1.1 LSQ Patron
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC
The Governor’s role as Patron of LSQ
assists LSQ by enhancing its profile within
the community, underpinning its bona
fides, and giving it access to the Governor’s
enthusiastic support and advice.
The Governor provides this support in
a range of ways, involving advocacy,
awareness raising, hosting of events
and attendance at selected, key LSQ
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC -
Kaye and Paul de Jersey are dedicated long-standing
His Excellency was born in Brisbane in 1948, the third son of
school teacher parents Ronald and Moya (both now deceased).
His Excellency won a Commonwealth Scholarship to The
University of Queensland, from which he graduated in Arts in
1969 and Laws (with Honours) in 1971.
Also in December 1971, His Excellency married Kaye Brown.
The de Jerseys have three children, and three grandchildren.
While at university, His Excellency served for five years part-time
in the Citizens’ Military Force, in the Queensland University
Regiment, and was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1969.
His Excellency was called to the bar at the end of 1971, upon
graduation in law and marriage. At the bar he developed a
broad common law practice with emphasis on commercial and
constitutional law. His Excellency appeared in all Queensland
courts, many times in the High Court of Australia, and twice
in London before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
His Excellency was appointed as Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC)
His Excellency was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court
of Queensland in 1985, when aged 36 years. His subsequent
29 year judicial career included many circuit sittings throughout
the State, at centres including Mt Isa, Longreach, Roma,
Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton,
Bundaberg, Maryborough and Southport. He served as Chair
of the Queensland Law Reform Commission (1996-1997) and
President of the Industrial Court of Queensland (1996-1997).
His Excellency was appointed as the 17th Chief Justice of
Queensland on 17 February 1998, and served in that role for
more than 16 years until 8 July 2014. His Excellency saw the court
through a period of rapid technological change. His Excellency
sat at both trial level and on appeal, and regularly in regional
courts. With the consent of the Chief Judge, he exercised the
criminal jurisdiction of the District Court on Thursday Island, and
was the first State Chief Justice to conduct a murder trial in
Longreach (where he had lived as a child). His regional visits
took him to centres including Bamaga and Kowanyama (for
courthouse openings) and Palm Island. In the year 2012, he
led the metropolitan courts’ move from the courthouse at 304
George Street, Brisbane to the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
at 415 George Street. He was instrumental at all stages of that
new courthouse development.
Beyond the court, His Excellency was extensively involved in
community and charitable endeavour, especially in Queensland.
He served as Chairman of the Queensland Cancer Fund (1994-
2001), President of the Australian Cancer Society (1998-2001),
and a Trustee of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (1994-
1999). His Excellency chaired the Council of QIMR Berghofer
Medical Research Institute, Queensland’s leading and signature
medical research institute, from June 2013 until his appointment
His Excellency was a member of the Council of his old school
“Churchie” from 1990 to 1997 and Chancellor of the Anglican
Diocese of Brisbane (honorary legal adviser to the Archbishop)
from 1991 to 2014. In 2014 he was named Chancellor Emeritus
of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane.
His Excellency served on the Centenary of Federation
Committee (Queensland) (1998- 2002), and chaired the
Queensland Constitutional Convention which met at Gladstone
in June 1999.
Beyond these shores, His Excellency was Visitor to the University
of the South Pacific (2006-2009), and an Honorary Consultant
to the Independent Commission on the Future of Policing (UK)
(2012-2014), established after a succession of devastating riots
ravaged Great Britain.
Also, from 2006, as Chair of the Judicial Section of Lawasia (the
Law Association for Asia and the Pacific), he chaired a biennial
Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific held, over
his term in that role, in Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul and
As Chief Justice of Queensland, he was Patron of many
charitable organizations, including Art from the Margins, the
BBC Indigenous Fund and the UQ Pro Bono Law Centre – as
well as others associated more directly with the legal profession
and the delivery of legal services.
In recognition of his contribution to the Australian community,
His Excellency was appointed a Companion of the Order of
Australia in 2000, and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003.
His Excellency holds honorary doctorates from The University
of Queensland (2000), the University of Southern Queensland
(2008), and Griffith University (2014).
His Excellency was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland
on 29 July 2014.
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