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Magistrating like a Boss

By johnboy 9 May 2012 27

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Simon Corbell has announced Dr Bernadette Boss CSC (or Colonel Bernadette Boss CSC if you prefer) is going to be the ACT’s latest magistrate.

“Dr Boss has extensive experience in criminal law and has practiced as a barrister at the private bar since 2002 and in the ACT since 2004.

“Dr Boss also practised across a range of areas including family law, common law, military law, administrative law, and has acted in Children’s Court matters, both criminal and care and protection, making her well equipped to undertake the work of a Magistrate in the ACT.”

Dr Boss holds a PhD in law from Sydney University in the areas of international humanitarian law and human rights law. She has previously been the Vice President of the ACT Bar Association, and has lectured at the ANU Workshop in civil litigation and advocacy. Dr Boss also holds the senior rank of Colonel in the Australian Army Reserve.

Her previous roles include practising as a barrister and a prosecutor in England and Wales in the early 1990’s, and holding positions in Queensland’s Crown Law Office. She was also a legal officer in the Australian Regular Army from 1996 to 2002.

Dr Boss’s appointment arises out the Government’s recent selection process which also resulted in the appointments of David Mossop and Colonel Peter Morrison as magistrates. This process included seeking nominations from key stakeholders and a public notice seeking expressions of interest and nominations to attract a wide range of candidates for the position.

Dr Boss takes to the bench on 11 June, replacing Magistrate Lalor.

UPDATE: And Just because we can [NSFW]:

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dtc 9:22 am 11 May 12

How did we get this far before someone mentioned Major Major Major Major?

Aeek 11:15 pm 10 May 12

A long long time ago I came across a full official title of
The Right Honourable Mister Justice Lieutenant Colonel

LSWCHP 10:34 pm 10 May 12

Captain RAAF said :

I can turn around and politely tell him him to ‘go away little man’ and he can’t do diddly about it!

The (admittedly green) terminology that I’m familiar with is “Run along” versus “go away”. It just seems a lot more flavorsome, somehow. 🙂

LSWCHP 10:24 pm 10 May 12

poetix said :

I tried to send this comment through once already, and failed. If this one makes it, I think you’ll understand that first ‘glitch’. Look at the names of the recent magistrates appointed. Morrison. Mossop. Boss. Notice a certain hint of a pattern? If these names are scratched onto the surface of a Rubik’s cube, which is then correctly adjusted, while aligned with one of the many sculptures adorning Canberra (the pear of agony, for instance) the work will open, to reveal…not the Holy Grail, but a cute Labrador puppy, into whom the brain of David Furner has been grafted, and who sups on pet mince mixed with mead, direct from the original Jules Rimet trophy. The puppy’s brain has been coaching the Raiders these past few months. It all starts to make a weird sort of sense. I’ll let you know how the Vatican is involved after I finish reading The Loser Code.

(I think, after that, if I’m ever up before a Magistrate, I’ll be able to plead insanity.)

That’s fantastic!! I want some of whatever you’ve been smoking.

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