11 November 2016

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Yvette D’Ath announced Law lecturer James Morton as Chairperson of the reinstated Sentencing Advisory Council, joining nine other appointees from across Queensland.

The Council was established in 2010, but was later removed by the LNP Newman Government. The Palaszczuk Government has recently decided to reinstate the Council, claiming there is significant importance in promoting an understanding and awareness of the sentencing process in Queensland’s justice system.

James brings a wide breadth of experience and expertise to the Council, having been a defence barrister for nearly two decades, practicing mostly in regional and rural areas of Queensland and the Northern Territory with indigenous clients.

Executive Dean, Professor John Humphrey says James' appointment is a testament to the quality of the teaching staff at the QUT Faculty of Law.

"This is a wonderful achievement and an honour for both James and QUT. I am pleased that James' experience, commitment and skill has been recognised, and congratulate him on behalf of the Faculty," he said.

Council functions include:

  • informing the community about sentencing practices in Queensland
  • conducting research and writing reports on sentencing issues
  • engaging with Queenslanders to gather their views on sentencing 
  • advising the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Queensland Government on sentencing matters and the Court of Appeal on guideline judgements.

Congratulations James, we wish you all the very best for your new role.

QUT Faculty of Law

Mr James Morton.


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