• Nathan Jarro will begin his new role at the Brisbane District Court on Monday. (Clashfern Chambers)Source: Clashfern Chambers
The legal community has welcomed the appointment of Queensland barrister Nathan Jarro as the state's first Indigenous judge.
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23 Mar 2018 - 3:05 PM  UPDATED 23 Mar 2018 - 3:05 PM

Mr Jarro has been appointed to Brisbane's District Court, starting Monday, after previously working in family and criminal law, and serving as Deputy Public Interest Monitor since 2011.

The Ghangulu and Bidjara man is already one of Queensland's most senior practising Indigenous lawyers, having recently focused on insurance, administrative, commercial and property law.

“This is an important appointment for Queensland justice,” said Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath, who made the announcement on Thursday.

Mr Jarro's appointment has been welcomed by the legal community.

Tony McAvoy, Australia's first Indigenous silk, described the move as a "hugely significant moment for First Nations people all over the country".

"He will be a very good judge bringing his life experiences and western legal knowledge to the judicial process," the Wiri man wrote on Facebook. 

Others, including prominent barristers and Leeanne Enoch, the first Aboriginal woman elected to Queensland parliament, congratulated Mr Jarro on social media. 

Mr Jarro is a current Board Director for the Queensland Theatre company, chair of the QUT Indigenous Education and Employment Consultative Committee, and former Board Director of the National Indigenous Television LTD (NITV).

He received his Bachelor of Laws from QUT in 1999 and, after working as a solicitor in private practice, came to the Bar in 2004.

He takes up his new position on Monday March 26.

With AAP