Queensland Law Society

Prominent Townsville solicitor one of two new magistracy appointments

Date 30 Aug 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 well-known Townsville solicitor Terence Browne and Brisbane-based barrister Tracy Mossop would provide much-needed resources in North Queensland, Ipswich, Beaudesert and eventually the Darling Downs.

Mr Taylor said he was particularly delighted popular solicitor Mr Browne – who was recently acknowledged by QLS for his more than 25-years of service to the profession -- had been appointed as a magistrate in Cairns for a year before returning to permanent role in Townsville.

He also welcomed the appointment of Ms Mossop – who was admitted to the Bar in 2003 – who will serve a year presiding in the Ipswich and Beaudesert Magistrates Courts before being taking up a minimum two-year stint in Dalby. 

“QLS 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 Terry Browne and barrister Tracy Mossop 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 particularly 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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