Supreme Court of Queensland judge Ian Smith has confirmed that his judicial nomination has been granted, and will be considered by the Senate for confirmation.
Mr Smith’s nomination has sparked an outcry on social media and a petition to revoke the decision has gathered more than 6,000 signatures.
Read more: Judge Smith’s confirmation in Queensland has been blocked by the Federal Government The Supreme Court heard that Mr Smith had spent more than four years on the bench before being nominated by Mr Trump for the role of Supreme Court judge in January.
His nomination has also sparked an outrage on social network, with supporters of the judge voicing concerns that his nomination was tainted by conflicts of interest, and the public were not given a full view of the case.
The petition to reject Mr Smith has received more than 5,500 signatures, and a group of former senior judges from the Federal Court and the High Court are calling on the Federal government to reconsider its decision.
“The appointment of Mr Smith as a judge is a matter of profound public interest,” they wrote in a statement.
“[Mr Smith] is the only candidate for the position who has no prior judicial experience, and has never before served on the High Council of the High Courts, or in any other public role.”
The Senate confirmed Mr Smith on Friday for the vacancy created by the death of Justice Anthony Williams in December 2016.
Mr Trump nominated Mr Smith to the Supreme Court in May, with Senator Bob Day arguing that the judge’s experience and knowledge of the court’s processes were invaluable.
During the hearing, Mr Smith said that he had been given a second chance to do his job as a judicial clerk, and he would not take that up.
He said he hoped the Senate would allow him to continue to do the job he had done so well in the past.
“I do not feel that the Senate should be a place where the public should be treated differently,” he said.
Senator Day also said the Senate was “not a place for people to hide”, and that he would continue to call for Mr Smith, if he was nominated, to stand down from the bench.
‘I was very proud’ In a written statement, Senator Day said he was “very proud” of his colleague, who he said was “a man of integrity”.
“His experience, qualifications and understanding of the law will be valuable to the judiciary, the court and the community in the future,” Senator Day wrote.
A number of high profile Queenslanders also voiced their support for the judge.
Justice Michael Dickson said the judge had a “great sense of justice”.
“Ian Smith is an exceptional candidate for this position,” Justice Dickson told the ABC.
Bryant Beale, who has been appointed by Mr Dickson as a senior judge, said Mr Smith would be a great addition to the court.
“He is the best person to come in and help with the judicial branch,” Mr Beale said.
“His expertise and experience will be of great benefit to the bench and the court, and to Queensland in general.”
“I know that there are many people in the Queensland judiciary who are disappointed by the way this nomination was dealt with, but I also know that I am a man of impeccable integrity,” Justice Beale told ABC Radio Brisbane.