THE ACT government will appoint an eighth, full-time magistrate to the ACT Magistrates Court.
Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay: “Maintaining a fast and effective justice system that works for all Canberrans is a priority for this government, especially as the city’s population continues to grow. An eighth magistrate means our courts can build on their excellent work from recent years, and also provide the court with the resources it needs to meet increasing demand for years to come.
“Appointing an additional magistrate will also mean an improved capacity by the courts to provide justice for those most vulnerable in our community, such as victims of domestic or family violence. The trauma affecting individuals in these cases can be significant, and having the capacity to progress these cases expediently can at least go some way to starting the healing process for these individuals.”
Recruitment for the additional magistrate will begin shortly and will be conducted in line with the provisions set out in the Magistrates Court Act 1930.