Simon Corbell has announced Magistrate Lorraine Walker will be the new Chief Magistrate of the ACT.
“I am very pleased to announce Magistrate Lorraine Walker’s appointment to the role of Chief Magistrate and I am confident she will make an excellent Chief Magistrate,” Mr Corbell said.
Magistrate Walker was appointed to the ACT Magistrates Court in April 2010. She is highly respected in this role and by the local profession.
“I have been impressed by Ms Walker’s skill and effectiveness since joining the Magistrates Court early last year, and I am convinced she will bring these skills into her new role,” Mr Corbell said.
Prior to her appointment as a Magistrate she had over 20 years experience in the legal profession working as a barrister in the ACT for the 10 years prior to her court appointment.
Magistrate Walker has extensive experience prior to her appointment as a Magistrate including as a partner of a law firm, a crown prosecutor, a solicitor and a legal officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. She also tutored at the Australian National University and mentored junior practitioners.
The hunt is now on for a replacement Magistrate which will excite some of our learned friends yearning for the bench.