QLS praises appointment of reputable magistrates for Queensland’s busiest court
29 April 2016
The appointment of three new magistrates in Queensland is a welcome addition to resources in the state’s courts, according to Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts.
Andrew Hackett of the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, Louisa Pink of Robertson O’Gorman and Kay Philipson of the Bar are respected members of Queensland’s legal profession.
“All three of these appointees are well-known members of Queensland’s legal profession and will assist in providing further access to justice for the community,” Mr Potts said.
“I welcome the appointments of Andrew, Louisa and Kay and I am sure that all three will ensure that justice is furthered in Queensland’s busiest court.
Mr Potts particularly welcomed the appointments of two highly experienced solicitors to the Magistracy. Andrew Hackett is a current member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and has also served on our Access to Justice / Pro Bono Committee. Louisa Pink is a very respected criminal law solicitor and former presenter at the QLS flagship event Symposium.
Mr Potts said that all Queensland courts were in need of further resources, with both magistrates and judges overworked with heavy caseloads and too few appointments.
“Our judges and magistrates do a great job,” Mr Potts said.
“But there is no doubt that they are run into the ground with the ever increasing busyness of the courts.”
“Our magistrates are at the coalface of the legal profession and deserve to have the resources required to serve justice for the community.
“Today’s appointments will hopefully be followed by others in the near future.”
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