A NEW judge has been appointed to Queensland’s District Court, along with three new magistrates.
Commercial barrister Ken Barrow will take on the role of District Court judge from June 18, while Mackay-based barrister Brownyn Hartigan and Brisbane specialist criminal solicitors Kurt Fowler and Peter Saggers will sit as magistrates from June 24.
Both Mr Fowler and Mr Saggers are QLS Accredited Criminal Law Specialists and have served on the Society’s Criminal Law Committee during their lengthy legal careers.
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Mr Fowler has been appointed to sit in both Ipswich and Beaudesert for the next three years, while Mr Saggers will sit in Caboolture until December, then move to Charleville for two years.
Ms Hartigan, called to the bar in 2005, has accepted a posting to sit in Bundaberg until December, then move to Mackay for a two-year period.
The Queensland Law Society has praised the State Government for the appointments.
President Bill Potts said the appointments were another step towards adequate resourcing and swift replacements on the bench.
Mr Potts praised the merit based appointments, saying he was particularly delighted the government had seen the value in appointing the often overlooked, but extremely experienced and talented members from solicitor’s branch of the profession to the judiciary.
“I am especially pleased to see two of our very own stepping into such honourable roles in our justice system as solicitors make fine and excellent members of our judiciary,’’ Mr Potts said said.
“All four appointments are yet another step forward to ensuring swift and effective justice for all Queenslanders through a well-resourced justice system.
“The Society will continue to advocate for better resourcing for our overworked courts, and I look forward to actively working with the government on further appointments.”