Proctor : May 2017
11 PROCTOR | May 2017 News Past and President At right, recently retired Queensland Court of Appeal President the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC appears to have a quiet word to her successor, Walter Sofronoff QC, following a ceremony welcoming him to the position last month. His Honour was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court to sit as president of the Court of Appeal at a private ceremony on Monday 3 April and welcomed to the position at a public ceremony in the Banco Court on Thursday 6 April. His Honour was first called to the Bar in 1977 and took silk in 1988. He served as Queensland’s Solicitor-General from 2005- 2014 and was Commissioner for the Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry. He recently led a review of Queensland’s parole system. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath, Bar Association of Queensland president Christopher Hughes QC and QLS president Christine Smyth were among those who welcomed his Honour’s appointment at the ceremony, which was presided over by Chief Justice Catherine Holmes. Ms Smyth noted that an unwavering commitment to justice had characterised his Honour’s legal career, and this had much to do with the resounding approbation his appointment had received. “Your Honour is of course highly regarded for your skill as an advocate, and even more so because you have remained a genuine ‘all-rounder’ in that your practice has never been limited to one area of the law, having excelled in a broad range of jurisdictions,” she said.