Soraya Ryan is a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. After working for a commercial law firm, as a judge’s associate and on a commission of inquiry, Justice Ryan joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1991, the same year her Honour was admitted as a barrister. In 1999, she became a lecturer at The University of Queensland. She returned to practice in 2002 as in-house defence counsel at Legal Aid Queensland (LAQ). In 2010, her Honour left LAQ to join the private bar, specialising in criminal law. Justice Ryan was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and to the Supreme Court on 9 March 2018.
As a barrister, her Honour served as a member of the South Pacific Region Education Committee and on the Bar Practice Course Management Committee. Justice Ryan has further served as an Executive Consultant at the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) and as a part-time Commissioner at the Crime and Corruption Commission. Since 1996, her Honour has been one of the authors of Carter’s Criminal Law of Queensland.