New magistrate appointee makes eight

LOUISE Taylor will become the eighth permanent magistrate of ACT Magistrates Court when she begins her role on September 10. 

Magistrate Louise Taylor. Photo: UNSW Sydney

Ms Taylor has over 15 years of experience as a lawyer in the ACT, including specialist experience as a prosecutor in criminal law. She also has experience in offices such as the Commonwealth and ACT Directors of Public Prosecutions, and has involved oversight of the ACT’s Family Violence Intervention Program.

As the deputy CEO of Legal Aid ACT since 2014, Ms Taylor has had direct management of the Legal Aid Commission’s litigation practice, specifically in the areas of family and criminal law.

Attorney-general Gordon Ramsay says Ms Taylor’s wide-ranging experience in criminal prosecution and defence, particularly in the ACT, as well as her contribution to the ACT community in volunteer roles, will make a significant contribution to enhancing access to justice outcomes at the ACT Magistrates Court. 

“Ms Taylor will also bring the lived experience of an Aboriginal woman to the Court.  She will be the ACT’s first Aboriginal judicial officer,” Mr Ramsay says.

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