Mr Marshall Irwin — Ordinary Commissioner
Marshall Irwin has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and was admitted as a barrister in Queensland in 1976.
His early career included 12 years as a senior prosecutor in Queensland and five years investigating crime and corruption — both with the Fitzgerald Inquiry and as the first General Counsel to the newly established Criminal Justice Commission. From 1998, he spent four years as a board member of the National Crime Authority in Melbourne, where he oversaw some of Australia’s largest organised crime investigations.
As Queensland’s Chief Magistrate between 2003 and 2008, he travelled extensively, visiting every Magistrates Court (over 120 courts) to improve their operations and enhance community access. He presided over District Court proceedings throughout remote and regional Queensland until his retirement in 2014.
In addition to lecturing and writing, Mr Irwin has been active in international law associations devoted to reforming criminal law and promoting the rule of law in developing countries. He has also been actively involved in local social justice initiatives.