Appellate Court Presidents trade places for the 2023 Judicial Exchange Program

During September 2023 the Queensland Court of Appeal will undertake a judicial exchange with the Western Australian Court of Appeal. Whilst it is the fifth exchange between the two jurisdictions, it is the first involving both Presidents.

From 11 to 22 September inclusive Justice Buss, President of the Western Australia Court of Appeal, will act as a Judge of Appeal in Queensland, whilst Justice Mullins, President of the Court of Appeal of Queensland, will sit on appellate matters in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

The Supreme Court of Queensland’s Judicial Exchange Program commenced in 2019 as an opportunity for appellate judges to examine practices for listing, managing and hearing appeals in other State jurisdictions through firsthand experience of sitting in those jurisdictions and also sitting with judges from other jurisdictions in Queensland.

It is a practical means for professional development of appellate judges, as well as improving efficiencies in the administration of the appellate jurisdiction, to the benefit of the courts involved in the exchange, court users and the community more broadly.