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Monarch  Queen Elizabeth II
Role  Justice
Rank  Lieutenant
Name  Paul Jersey
Preceded by  Penelope Wensley
Nationality  Australian
Nominated by  Rob Borbidge
Succeeded by  Tim Carmody

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Premier  Campbell Newman Annastacia Palaszczuk
Appointed by  Peter Arnison representing Queen Elizabeth II
Governor  Peter Arnison (1997–2003) Quentin Bryce (2003–2008) Penelope Wensley (2008–2014)
Born  21 September 1948 (age 67) Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (1948-09-21)
Education  Anglican Church Grammar School
Awards  Order of Australia, Order of Saint John

Service/branch  Australian Army Reserve

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Paul de Jersey, (born 21 September 1948) is an Australian jurist who is the current Governor of Queensland. From 1998 to 2014, he was Chief Justice of Queensland.


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De Jersey was educated at Anglican Church Grammar School (1961–1965) and the University of Queensland. He graduated with a BA., LL.B.(Hons) in 1971.

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He was part of the Queensland University Regiment from 1966 to 1971, and was commissioned in 1969.


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He practised law in Queensland and was called to the Queensland Bar in 1971. He took silk in 1981 as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC).

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At the Bar he practised in the commercial field; appeared in constitutional cases before the High Court of Australia, and also appeared before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985 and was the Commercial Causes Judge between 1986–1989.

He was the judge constituting the Mental Health Tribunal between 1994–1996.

He was the President of the Queensland Industrial Court between 1996–1997 and was also the chairman of the Law Reform Commission of Queensland during the same period.

He was appointed Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998.

He has been the Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane since 1991.

He was the Vice President of the Australian Cancer Society between 1995 and 1998 and its President between 1998 and 2001, a trustee of the National Breast Cancer Foundation between 1994 and 1999 and the Chairman of the Queensland Cancer Fund (now The Cancer Council Queensland) between 1994 and 2001.

Vice-regal office

De Jersey became the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014. On the retirement of Alex Chernov as Governor of Victoria on 1 July 2015, de Jersey became the longest-serving Governor of an Australian state and by custom assumed the additional office of Administrator of the Commonwealth who exercises the powers of the Governor-General of Australia in the Governor-General's absence or disability.

Titles, styles and honours

  • 21 September 1948 – 1966: Paul de Jersey
  • 1966 – 1968: Second lieutenant Paul de Jersey
  • 1968 – 1971: Lieutenant Paul de Jersey
  • 1971 – 1981: Paul de Jersey
  • 1981 – 17 February 1998: Paul de Jersey
  • 17 February 1998 – 12 June 2000: The Honourable Chief Justice Paul de Jersey , Chief Justice of Queensland
  • 12 June 2000 – 8 July 2014: The Honourable Chief Justice Paul de Jersey , Chief Justice of Queensland
  • 8 July 2014 – 29 July 2014: Paul de Jersey
  • 29 July 2014 – Present: His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey , Governor of Queensland
  • De Jersey's style and title as Governor in full is: His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey, Companion of the Order of Australia, Queen's Counsel, Governor of the State of Queensland in the Commonwealth of Australia.

  • As Administrator: His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey, Companion of the Order of Australia, Queen's Counsel, Administrator of the Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Life Member of the Bar Association of Queensland
  • Honorary degrees

  • 2000: Honorary Doctorate of the University of Queensland.
  • 2008: Honorary Doctorate of the University of Southern Queensland.
  • 2014: Honorary Doctorate of the Griffith University.
  • Honorary appointments

  • Australian Army 28 July 2014: Regimental Colonel of the Royal Queensland Regiment.
  •  Royal Australian Air Force 17 December 2014: Honorary Air Commodore of No. 23 Squadron RAAF
  • References

    Paul de Jersey Wikipedia