Queensland Law Society

Magistrate appointments a welcome gift to the bench

Date 20 Dec 2013
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Queensland Law Society today congratulated three new magistrate appointees, and commended the government on its decision.

President Annette Bradfield said it was essential Queensland operated with a full complement of judicial appointments to ensure access to justice.

“We are immensely pleased to have two solicitors join the judicial ranks, Steven Mosch from MacDonnells Law in Townsville and Simon Young, a sole practitioner from Gympie,” Ms Bradfield said.

“Steven Mosch will preside in Townsville and Simon Young will preside in Caboolture, and then Kingaroy in 2014.

“These two practitioners are highly respected solicitors in the legal profession and will be welcomed and valued members of the bench.

“We also congratulate barrister Aaron Simpson who will serve in Ipswich and then Bundaberg.

“The Society has always advocated that one of the most important tools to manage crime is more court resourcing and visible policing.

“Magistrates should be placed where there is the highest need.

“Along these lines, we also commend the government’s support of appointing existing Magistrates as Childrens Court Magistrates by mid-2014 as an outcome of the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.

“We look forward to a productive year for law and justice in 2014.”