Simon Corbell has announced Colonel Peter Morrison RFD will be our new magistrate:
“Colonel Morrison will join the Magistrates Court to fill the position made vacant by the impending retirement of Magistrate Maria Doogan,” Mr Corbell said.
“Colonel Morrison brings with him extensive experience in the field of criminal law and has undertaken roles as a Military Judge and then as a Judge Advocate and Defence Force Magistrate.
“Colonel Morrison’s military experience provides him with extensive knowledge of the ACT criminal law and generally of criminal legal principles.”
Prior to these roles, Colonel Morrison worked in private legal practice in Queensland for 26 years. Colonel Morrison practiced across a broad range of areas, including administrative law, contract and commercial law, trade practices including restrictive trade practices and competition law, criminal law, company law and corporate governance, personal injury, property law and land title.
Colonel Morrison’s civil law knowledge and background will be particularly relevant to matters to be heard in the increased Magistrates Court civil jurisdiction.
Mr Corbell said that the government had acted quickly to fill the position so that there was little or no, overlap when Magistrate Doogan retires at the end of March, 2012.