SBS language | ‘Long awaited’: Australia’s first Indigenous Supreme Court justice appointed

Queensland Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Shannon Fentiman announced Mr Crowley’s appointment at the end of May.

Mr Crowley, who grew up in North Queensland, is a descendant of the Warramunga people of the Northern Territory.

After graduating from James Cook University, Mr. Crowley worked as a solicitor-attorney for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service.

He said he was “extremely honoured” to be appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

“This is a huge personal and professional achievement for me as well as a historic moment of long overdue recognition and representation for Indigenous Australians,” Mr Crowley said.

I am proud of my Indigenous ancestry, and I am sure it will allow me to bring unique and valuable understanding and perspectives to the work of the Court and the administration of justice on behalf of the entire community.

Ms Fentiman said Mr Crowley, who was appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2018, had appeared regularly across Australia, but in particular in courts in Queensland, New South Wales and New South Wales. the State of Victoria in a wide range of matters, in particular trials and criminal appeals.

Mr Crowley will be formally sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland on June 13, 2022.


Since his call to the bar in 2003, Mr. Crowley has acted in several high-profile cases and was lead counsel with the Royal Commission on Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disabilities.

“Mr Crowley was also awarded the Australian Bar Association’s 2017 Indigenous Barrister Fellowship and is the current chair of the Queensland Bar Association’s Indigenous Lawyers Committee,” Ms Fentiman said.

He was also a Crown Prosecutor for the Sydney-based Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Senior Crown Prosecutor at Maroochy Chambers for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Queensland and had specialized in defense and prosecution at the private bar since 2009, Ms. dit Fentiman.

He will become one of 123 justices appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland since its creation in 1861.

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