Criteria For Judicial Appointment and 'Merit'

  • Barbara Hamilton


When Roslyn Atkinson was appointed to the Queensland Supreme Court bench in September 1998 along with two other female appointments, one as President of the Court of Appeal, in what apparently is a deliberate campaign by the current Attorney- General to make the judiciary more representative - "the under-representation of women in the court has been an open scandal"- the Queensland Bar Association (hereafter the Association) openly criticized her appointment. The Association questioned her appointment saying she had not been chosen on merit and attacked the Attorney General for seeking to achieve a 'so-called representative judiciary'.
Oct 30, 1999
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HAMILTON, Barbara. Criteria For Judicial Appointment and 'Merit'. QUT Law Review, [S.l.], v. 15, p. 10-22, oct. 1999. ISSN 2201-7275. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 feb. 2021. doi:
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