PAYNE, Jacquie

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Also known as: Jacquie

Aboriginal or Torrest Stait Islander: Yes

Special Achievements:

Magistrate Jacqueline Payne was the first Indigenous woman to be admitted as a solicitor in Queensland. She worked in criminal defence for fourteen years: for the ATSI Corporation Legal Service and later in her own successful private practice.

Jacqui was appointed as a Magistrate in 1999 and has presided in both the Brisbane Magistrates Court and the Murri Court.

Additional Information:

Head of USQ’s School of Law and Justice Professor Reid Mortensen hailed the event a success as “Magistrate Payne delivered an insightful lecture that explored the links between early childhood trauma and criminal behaviour,” Professor Mortensen said.

“She was a pioneer for an Indigenous presence in the legal profession and judiciary, and is a great exemplar of what any Australian can be when intelligence is combined with hard work and a commitment to serving the community.

“We had a great turnout of people who were keen to hear the lecture.”

Magistrate Payne presented ‘Criminal Justice and Neuroscience’ where she discussed what neuroscience tells us about the impact of trauma on the brain, and whether brains can be retrained.

Presented by USQ’s School of Law and Justice, the Shine Lawyers Public Lecture Series was first introduced in 2008 and has had more than 20 high profile legal scholars, judges and practising lawyers speak about different aspects of the law, including legal activist Erin Brockovich and High Court Chief Justices Robert French AC and Susan Kiefel AC.