Author Diane Fingleton

Diane Fingleton

Author of Nothing to do With Justice

Diane Fingleton survived a childhood dominated by a competitive father intent on sporting success.

Her family story was depicted in the movie ‘Swimming Upstream’ which featured Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis as her parents. Shy and unsure, she found a career in the law and became the first female Chief Magistrate of Queensland. When she finally found the man of her dreams, it seemed as if life was working in her favour.

When an intense workplace dispute escalated into litigation because of an email, Di found herself in the dock and charged as a criminal. Under close media scrutiny, Di was tried by a jury and found guilty. Stripped of her clothing, her dignity and her integrity, Di was subjected to the deprivations of prison life, while her new-found love battled on outside. She began writing her book on a prison computer in a lonely prison cell.

Drawing on the strength she learnt as a girl, Di spent six months behind bars, only to discover on her release that she should never been sent to prison in the first place. Vindicated by the High Court of Australia, Justice McHugh said she had 'suffered a huge public disgrace,' and that it would be hard to imagine a stronger case of a miscarriage of justice.

'Nothing to do with Justice' is Diane's first book. She has since retired from the bench and lives with her husband in Brisbane.