By Melinda Howells Updated Wed 26 Feb 2014
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has announced Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul de Jersey will be the state's next governor.
Mr Newman says Justice de Jersey has served Queensland on the bench, the Army Reserve, and through community groups and charities.
"His extensive experience and service to the people of Queensland makes him not just qualified, but the perfect fit, absolutely the perfect fit, for this critically important role," he said.
Justice de Jersey says he is honoured by the appointment.
"It will be quite a different role in fact from the one I've discharged over the last 16 years as Chief Justice and the last 29 years as a judge of the Supreme Court," he said.
"But it is one which I embrace in a spirit of humility and of course in a sense of service."
Paul de Jersey's career highlights:
- 2000: Companion of the Order of Australia
- 2000: Hon LLD (Qld)
- Life Member Bar Association of Queensland
- 1998: Appointed Chief Justice of Queensland
- 1996-1996: Chairman, Law Reform Commission (Qld)
- 1985: Appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland
- 1981: Appointed Her Majesty's Counsel
- 1971: Called to the Bar in Queensland
- 1971: University of Queensland, graduated BA (1969), LL.B.(Hons)
- 1961-1965: Secondary education at Church of England Grammar School
Mr Newman says he will take time to appoint a new chief justice, in line with a promise to be more consultative.
"We will be consulting with senior members of the legal profession in Queensland," he said.
"Obviously I will also be asking His Honour for his opinion and we'll make an announcement when we've undertaken that process.
"But we're going to listen and we're going to consult."
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has endorsed Justice de Jersey's appointment.
Ms Palaszczuk says he is the right person for the job.
"This is a fine appointment. This is great news for Queensland," she said.
"The Chief Justice has a very distinguished career, not just on the bench of the Supreme Court, but also he's been involved in a number of community organisations right across Queensland."
Justice de Jersey and his wife Kaye, who married in 1971, have two daughters and one son - Carolyn, Alison and David - as well as three grandchildren.