Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the decision, saying both Crowley and newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Melanie Hindman had demonstrated years of experience.
“Both are exceptional individuals who have much to offer the Queensland Supreme Court,” she said.
Crowley, a man from Warramunga, grew up in North Queensland before joining the bar in Sydney in 2003.
He was appointed as Queens Councilor in 2018.
“Mr Crowley has appeared regularly across Australia, but particularly in Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian courts on a wide range of matters, especially criminal trials and appeals,” said Palaszczuk.
Crowley is the current Chairperson of the Indigenous Lawyers Committee of the Queensland Bar Association, was Crown Prosecutor to the Director of Commonwealth Prosecutors in Sydney and was Chief Prosecutor to the Crown in the Maroochy Chambers for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutors for Queensland.
He has specialized in defense and prosecution at the Ordem dos Advogados Privados since 2009, with special experience in criminal law, investigations and related civil and litigation proceedings.
The Australian Law Board also congratulated Crowley on his new role.
“Mr Crowley has demonstrated professional excellence and is highly deserving of this appointment,” said Australian Law Council Chairman Tass Liveris.
“On behalf of the Australian legal profession, I congratulate you on this important personal and professional achievement – an achievement that also makes history.”
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Liveris said that indigenous people and Torres Strait Islanders are still underrepresented in the legal profession.
“While clearly there is still a lot of work to be done, today’s announcement marks a significant milestone,” he said.
“Mr Crowley joins a distinguished group of First Nations judges and magistrates who make a significant difference to the Australian community, legal profession and justice system.”
Crowley will join the bank on June 13.