Published: 19 March, 2021

Media Release - The Court warmly welcomes the appointment of local Townsville family law solicitor

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia is delighted with the announcement today of the appointment of Mr Christopher John Bowrey, a family law solicitor in Townsville, as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in the Townsville Registry, commencing Monday 22 March 2021.

Mr Bowrey is a highly skilled and well-regarded solicitor in Townsville with over 40 years’ experience as a practitioner in family law. He has in that time made a significant contribution to the profession as a member of the Townsville District Law Association, North Queensland Law Association and the Queensland Law Society in education and ethics. He has also served on the Human Research Ethics Committee of James Cook University, the Townsville District Rugby Union Judiciary Committee, the Ignatius Park Christian Brothers Secondary College Board and the St Joseph’s Primary School Board.

Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Hon Will Alstergren said, “Mr Bowrey brings a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the Court and on behalf of all the Judges and staff, I congratulate Mr Bowrey on his appointment.

“It is imperative that regional communities have fair and reasonable access to the justice system and I am delighted that this appointment has been made.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank the local profession for their support over the past several months.”

Mr Bowrey replaces Judge Guy Andrew who died in tragic circumstances in October last year.

Mr Bowrey said that he is honoured to have been appointed as a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court. “It is a very important time to be joining the courts and I look forward to continuing to service the Townsville community.”


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