WITH more than 23 years as a civil and criminal barrister, Rockhampton's new judge Paul Smith has promised to strengthen the local bar.
The former Brisbane barrister was sworn in at the District Court in Rockhampton yesterday morning.
He fills a vacancy left by former, respected Rockhampton District Court Judge Grant Britton.
His recent high-profile cases in the state's south-east include working with the defence party in the Dr Jayant Patel case, where the former Bundaberg surgeon was found not guilty of the manslaughter of one of his patients.
Judge Smith, who gained the title of lieutenant colonel in the Australian Army, spent many years in the Australian Defence Legal Corp Services.
He joins Justice Duncan McMeekin, who is the resident justice of the Supreme Court in Rockhampton . Judge Smith paid homage to Rockhampton barristers and the law society for their work.
Name: Judge Paul Smith
Ceremony: Sworn in as a judge in the Rockhampton High Court
Previous years: Spent 23 years as a criminal and civil law barrister. He also spent a number of years in the Australian Army, where he gained the title of lieutenant colonel.