QLS welcomes new Magistrates Court appointments

Queensland Law Society President Elizabeth Shearer has welcomed the appointments of three new Magistrates who will take up their positions on the Bench next week.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman announced Ms Janice Crawford, Mr John McInnes and Mr Bevan Hughes as the new Magistrates in the Cairns, Brisbane, Bundaberg and Southport courts.

“I congratulate Ms Crawford, Mr McInnes and Mr Hughes on their appointments to this very important role,” Ms Shearer said.

“Magistrates are central to upholding the administration of justice and ensuring access to justice for all. The new appointees have a wealth of experience, and I commend them for their willingness to serve the people of Queensland as Magistrates.  I wish them every success.”

The Attorney-General also welcomed the appointments.

“I know all three of the new appointees will be assets to the court and I wish them every success for the remainder of their judicial careers,” Minister Fentiman said.

Ms Crawford will initially sit in Brisbane before transferring to Southport next April, when Mr McInnes moves from Southport to Bundaberg. Mr Hughes begins his tenure in Cairns.