'I will remember with fondness my time in Ipswich': Judge
AFTER nine years in the role, Ipswich District Court Judge Greg Koppenol will hear his last matter in Ipswich this week.
Judge Koppenol will transfer to Brisbane court next year before his replacement, Judge Dennis Lynch QC, takes on the position.
Judge Lynch was appointed earlier this month as one of the first under the government's new protocol to ensure a more consultative and accountable process for judicial appointments.
Judge Koppenol was recognised in court yesterday for his work in reducing the civil matters backlog and his "kindness, generosity and service".
"I have enjoyed that time immensely," Judge Koppenol said.
"The barristers have taught me a great deal about criminal law and about life generally.
"The Ipswich list is now the most up-to-date in Queensland.
"I will always remember with great fondness my time in Ipswich."
Ipswich lawyer Andrew West thanked Judge Koppenol for his "brisk and vigorous approach to the civil list".
"It is something we should all be proud of," Mr West said.
"I thank you for your kindness, generosity and service."
Judge Koppenol was well-known for throwing animal cruelty case evidence out of court, deciding the live baiting footage was obtained illegally by trespassing animal rights' activists.
The decision sparked new debate in the series of animal cruelty cases relating to greyhound live baiting before Ipswich courts.
Outside the court room, Judge Koppenol was known for demanding his office be fitted with a new wardrobe to stop his robes from crumpling.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath said Judge Lynch was selected from a shortlist of suitable candidates recommended by the Judicial Appointments Advisory Panel, chaired by retired judge, The Honourable Hugh Botting.