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FORMER ACT Magistrate Karen Fryar is the new president of the Legal Aid Commission.
Ms Fryar was appointed the ACT’s first female magistrate in 1993 and is also a Member of the Order of Australia.
“Ms Fryar has served the ACT Court and the Canberra community as a Magistrate and academic for more than 25 years,” says Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay.
“She has had an enduring impact on a wide spectrum of legal issues particularly in relation to family violence, children and young people.”
Minister Ramsay also acknowledged the service of outgoing president, former ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope.
“Legal Aid ACT provides significant and important legal services to Canberra’s most vulnerable people,” Minister Ramsay said.
“Mr Stanhope has served the Commission and the community with distinction throughout his tenure as president and I thank him for his service.”