Dr J R S Forbes was educated at Nudgee College, Brisbane, Waverley College, Sydney and the University of Sydney, where he graduated BA, LL M (Hons 1st Cl). His PhD thesis was in the field of administrative law.
He is a barrister of the NSW and Queensland Supreme Courts. For 6 years was a member of the Misconduct Tribunal of the Criminal Justice Commission (Qld), and has served for many years on the Judicial Appeals Committee of the Queensland Rugby Union. He is presently a Member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He has written books on Evidence, Resources Law and history of the Australian legal profession.
For some 20 year he has presented “Drive Time Classics” and other programmes on Brisbane’s 4MBS-Classic FM.