Queensland Justice Lincoln Crowley becomes the first Indigenous Australian appointed to the Supreme Court

Lincoln Crowley QC has become the first Indigenous Australian to be a High Court Justice after being appointed to the position in queensland today.

Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the decision, saying that both Crowley and new Supreme Court Justice Melanie Hindman demonstrated years of experience.

“Both are outstanding individuals who have much to offer the Queensland High Court,” he said.

Lincoln Crowley QC is the first Indigenous Australian to become a High Court Justice. (James Alcock/Fairfax Media)

Crowley, a man from Warramunga, grew up in North Queensland before joining the bar in Sydney in 2003.

He was appointed a Queens Councilor in 2018.

“Mr Crowley has appeared regularly throughout Australia, but particularly in the courts of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria on a wide range of matters, especially criminal trials and appeals,” Palaszczuk said.

Crowley is the current Chairman of the Queensland Bar Association’s Indigenous Lawyers Committee, has been a Crown Prosecutor for the Director of the Commonwealth Public Prosecution Service in Sydney and has been a Senior Crown Prosecutor at the Maroochy Chambers for the Office of the Director of Queensland Public Prosecutions.

He has specialized in defense and prosecution in the private bar since 2009 with special experience in criminal law, inquiries and investigations, and related civil proceedings and litigation.

Crowley, a man from Warramunga, grew up in North Queensland before joining the bar in Sydney in 2003.
Crowley, a man from Warramunga, grew up in North Queensland before joining the bar in Sydney in 2003. (9News)

The Law Council of Australia also congratulated Crowley on his new position.

“Mr Crowley has demonstrated professional excellence and is highly deserving of this appointment,” said Law Council of Australia President Tass Liveris.

“On behalf of the Australian legal profession, I congratulate you on this important personal and professional achievement, an achievement that also makes history.”

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Liveris said that indigenous people and Torres Strait Islanders were still underrepresented within the legal profession.

“While there is clearly much work to be done, today’s announcement marks an important milestone,” he said.

“Mr Crowley joins a distinguished group of First Nations judges and magistrates who are making a significant difference to the Australian community, the legal profession and the justice system.”

Crowley will join the bank on June 13.

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