A judge has appointed a QC to act as a judge to consider a case brought by an organisation that has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Australia, saying it was not being appointed to do a “judicial duty”.
Justice John Williams appointed Paul Jourdan QC, a former federal court judge, to act in the role of a judge of the High Court, after hearing a case in which the group representing the company, which is owned by a major pharmaceutical company, had been appointed by the Government.
In a statement released on Friday, Mr Justice Williams said the group had been acting for about two years but had not been appointed as a judicial officer to consider the case.
Mr Justice William Williams appointed Mr Paul Journan QC to be the new Supreme Court judge for the High Courts in Sydney.
Mr Journannas appointment follows a legal challenge brought by the group who was appointed by a group of prominent members of the legal community, including the Federal Court judge who appointed them, Lord Justice Phillips.
Mr Williams said it was “an appropriate time to consider this matter”.
He said he was not ruling out the possibility that the group would appeal the appointment of Mr Jourdain QC.
He said Mr Jourtain would be considered by a committee of the Supreme Council of Australia and would be asked to make an independent assessment of the circumstances.
The group said it would take its case to the Federal Parliament, which it had done.
The group also said it did not have a member of the Government or its advisers on the High Commission.”
The group has not been duly appointed to consider any of the cases it has already decided, or to make any decision that is subject to a judicial discretion, as is required under the Act.”
The group also said it did not have a member of the Government or its advisers on the High Commission.