Queensland Law Society

New magistrates a boon for better regional access to justice: QLS

Date 31 May 2018
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Queensland’s peak solicitor body has applauded the state government’s appointment of two new magistrates to regional courts.

Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor said the appointments of solicitor Philippa Beckinsale and barrister Viviana Keegan would provide much-needed resources in Central Queensland, the Darling Downs and then North Queensland.

Mr Taylor said he was particularly delighted solicitor Ms Beckinsale had been appointed to serve in Rockhampton – where she has served as a member of the Queensland Civil and Administrate Tribunal – as well as barrister Ms Keegan who will serve a year in Toowoomba before moving to a permanent role in Townsville.

“The Society has consistently supported the need for more magistracy appointments in regional Queensland and we applaud the Government for recognising that," Mr Taylor said.

“I congratulate solicitor Philippa Beckinsale and barrister Viviana Keegan on their achievements to date and for their meritorious appointments as magistrates for Queensland.

“Our magistrates are at the very forefront of our justice system, and we must always ensure that they are adequately resourced in order so that justice is served swiftly and adequately for all.

“I am also particulary pleased to see one of our very own stepping into such an honourable role in our justice system as solicitors make fine and excellent members of our judiciary."

ENDS

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