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David Mossop steps into the Magistracy

By johnboy - 23 December 2011 30

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Andrew Barr has announced the appointment of the barrister David Mossop to the Magistrates Court.

Mr Mossop brings with him 14 years of expertise as a barrister in the ACT with extensive experience in civil proceedings across a range of ACT and Federal courts and tribunals.

He has the localised legal and cultural knowledge of the Territory and the laws he will be applying as a magistrate. His areas of practice at the Bar have included constitutional, administrative, commercial, tenancy and planning law.

Before commencing his career at the bar, Mr Mossop was a solicitor in the ACT and NSW Environmental Defender’s Offices. He also served as an associate to High Court Justice Michael McHugh from 1995 to 1996.

He has a bachelor of science and a bachelor of laws from the University of New South Wales and a master of laws from the Australian National University.

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David Mossop steps into the Magistracy
denkar 6:56 pm 26 Dec 11

Nice one boys,sharing the grey matter are we?Has anyone heard of the Crown appointing these guys or not.Thinking caps on,please.

EvanJames 5:30 pm 26 Dec 11

Classified said :

johnboy said :

Erm, since we had governments?

Who else would do it?

I always thought that Canberra magistrates were appointed after a vote was taken amoung the criminals, residents of public housing and Summernats attendees.

poetix 4:20 pm 26 Dec 11

bryansworld said :

denkar said :

since when did it become legal for govt to appoint judges and magistrates?

Some of these silly season RiotAct posts are crackers.

Pull the other one.

bryansworld 3:30 pm 26 Dec 11

denkar said :

since when did it become legal for govt to appoint judges and magistrates?

Some of these silly season RiotAct posts are crackers.

Classified 3:16 pm 26 Dec 11

johnboy said :

Erm, since we had governments?

Who else would do it?

Deref 3:12 pm 26 Dec 11

denkar said :

since when did it become legal for govt to appoint judges and magistrates?

As Johnboy says. How did think it was done?

johnboy 2:55 pm 26 Dec 11

Erm, since we had governments?

denkar 2:15 pm 26 Dec 11

since when did it become legal for govt to appoint judges and magistrates?

Waiting For Godot 3:37 am 25 Dec 11

Gee, this is a breakthrough. Someone appointed to the bench or another senior government position and they don’t have a vagina. Perhaps the ACT government is growing up at long last.

mareva 7:47 pm 24 Dec 11

merlin bodega said :

More a case of good money after bad. What about thinking about another way entirely of dealing with this level of cases in the community.

The magistrates court is costing millions to individuals and the community for lawyers to play their arcane and expensive games, magistrates to deliver rough justice in the most anachronistic of terms and for disconnected people to become even more disconnected from their social responsibilities. Dealing with the nincompoop level of registrars overpaid and under-supervised is even worse.

The sensible option is to cut the budget of the court by at least 75% in the interim and send these blights on the community out to find a real job and use the rest to establish an effective mechanism for the community. It is failing the community, failing police and failing offenders at the moment. More resources are devoted to it. How is that sensible?

I like the part where you identified factually tangible problems and then offered solutions that have any viability whatsoever.

Level-headed pragmatism abounds.

(as does sarcasm in this post, for those wondering…)

merlin bodega 5:15 pm 24 Dec 11

More a case of good money after bad. What about thinking about another way entirely of dealing with this level of cases in the community.

The magistrates court is costing millions to individuals and the community for lawyers to play their arcane and expensive games, magistrates to deliver rough justice in the most anachronistic of terms and for disconnected people to become even more disconnected from their social responsibilities. Dealing with the nincompoop level of registrars overpaid and under-supervised is even worse.

The sensible option is to cut the budget of the court by at least 75% in the interim and send these blights on the community out to find a real job and use the rest to establish an effective mechanism for the community. It is failing the community, failing police and failing offenders at the moment. More resources are devoted to it. How is that sensible?

johnboy 10:16 pm 23 Dec 11

Corbell is on hols

LSWCHP 9:37 pm 23 Dec 11

Who?? And shouldn’t he be over 21 years of age?

mareva 9:17 pm 23 Dec 11

Hmm. Time will tell I guess.

How come Barr announced it? I thought Corbell was the AG.

vg 8:48 pm 23 Dec 11

But, as per usual, zero experience in criminal law and another person never heard of in the precincts of the courts

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