Queensland Chief Justice Tim Carmody is taking four weeks sick leave.
Queensland Chief Justice Tim Carmody is taking four weeks sick leave. Chris Ison

Carmody: no plans to step down as chief justice after leave

EMBATTLED Queensland Chief Justice Tim Carmody has promised to "finish the job" when he returns from sick leave.

Mr Carmody will be taking four week break for a bad back from Monday.

Speaking to media outside the Brisbane Supreme Court he said his back was "OK" and the time away from the courts will not be a precursor to stepping down as chief justice.

"I've got absolutely every intention of finishing the term as chief justice that I agreed to do," he said.

"I've got a job to do and when I've finished it I'll leave."

Mr Carmody's job has been under pressure due to a growing division between the Chief Justice and some members of the judiciary - including Court of Appeal President Margaret McMurdo.

But Mr Carmody denied there was a rift with other senior Queensland judges stating he did not feel "under pressure".

"No I don't think I'm under pressure from any of the other judges. I've got a great deal of respect for the other judges."

Last week Mr Carmody disqualified himself from the appeal of Daniel Morcombe's killer Brett Peter Cowan after allegations of bias.

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