Government seeks public opinion on how to appoint judges

QUEENSLANDERS' judgment is being sought on how judges are elected after the Labor government released a discussion paper on the issue.

Justice Minister Yvette D'Ath is seeking public comment on a current review and development of a protocol for judicial appointments.

It follows the former LNP government's controversial appointment of Chief Justice Tim Carmody.

Ms D'Ath said the paper identified the current process for appointments to the Supreme, District and Magistrates courts and also set out the legislation, policies and procedures for appointments in other Australian jurisdictions, as well as in England and Wales.

The legal community and judiciary have already consulted with the Ms D'Ath.

"Confidence in the expertise, independence and impartiality of the judiciary is essential to the proper functioning of government in Queensland," she said.

Go to view the paper.