Ms Deborah Holliday — Ordinary Commissioner
Deborah Holliday was admitted as a barrister in Queensland in 1994. She has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Bond University and worked for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Queensland) for 24 years. Before joining the private bar, Ms Holliday was a Principal Crown Prosecutor for 15 years.
Ms Holliday has prosecuted many high profile and complex trials and sentences in the superior courts. She has extensive appellate experience, regularly appeared in the Mental Health Court and appeared on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions on indefinite sentence reviews.
As a Principal Crown Prosecutor she was required to circuit extensively throughout Queensland and performed a high level management role. She was seconded to the Inquiry Legal Representation Office and represented persons adversely named in the Carter and Connolly/Ryan Commissions of Inquiry.
Ms Holliday’s practice includes providing high level legal advice and appearing as counsel for government departments and the Legal Services Commission. She is also briefed in matters with a focus on mental health law and applications brought pursuant to the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.