Magistrating like a Boss

johnboy 9 May 2012 27

like a boss

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 dtc 9:22 am 11 May 12

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

Aeek 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 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 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.

matt31221 matt31221 9:39 pm 10 May 12

“I think at one point there you said something about sucking your own dick?”,
“Nope”

LOL, gotta love Samburg

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 6:57 pm 10 May 12

caf said :

Captain RAAF said :

Reserve personnel are only Defence members while they are in uniform and on duty, all other times, even if they are Generals, they are Mr and Mrs or ‘Hey you there!’. I had an MP Major try to pull rank on me while he was in his full time day job as a public servant, Bzzzzt, fail! Almost did his job for breaches of the APS code of conduct!

Hang on, either they have the Governor General’s Commission or they don’t. They might not be able to give orders when they’re not on duty, but the Commission itself should still be respected.

Read the DFDA, they are not bound by it or considered applicable to it unless on duty and uniformed.

They are non entities to uniformed folk while they are fulfilling their normal job, yeah sure you might know they are a LTCOL and therefore can get yourself in some shit for being disrespectful but as far as them telling you to do anything, they have no authority. Their commission applies as mentioned above, when in uniform and on duty, all other times it is ‘switched off’ for want of a better term.

You don’t hear of regulars putting the smackdown on reserves who wrongfully throw their weight around whilst being civvies because we know these arsehats have mates that can make our lives difficult but when push comes to shove and some civvie walkin by fronts me whilst I am doing my job and tells me he’s a reservist officer, say at Russel Offices while I’m chewing out a soldier for not wearing his hat, I can turn around and politely tell him him to ‘go away little man’ and he can’t do diddly about it!

mareva mareva 4:14 pm 10 May 12

cranky said :

LTCOL Boss,

You would make the general populace of the ACT very happy if you made a rule of Not giving bail to any miscreant appearing before you who had a prior history.

And would probably save lives 🙂

Get a grip. Not giving bail to anyone who is recorded? You’re delusional mate.

caf caf 11:06 am 10 May 12

Captain RAAF said :

Reserve personnel are only Defence members while they are in uniform and on duty, all other times, even if they are Generals, they are Mr and Mrs or ‘Hey you there!’. I had an MP Major try to pull rank on me while he was in his full time day job as a public servant, Bzzzzt, fail! Almost did his job for breaches of the APS code of conduct!

Hang on, either they have the Governor General’s Commission or they don’t. They might not be able to give orders when they’re not on duty, but the Commission itself should still be respected.

bigfeet bigfeet 6:59 am 10 May 12

poetix said :

johnboy said :

I’ll see you at our contempt of court hearing.

Cool!
I’ll be the person in cowl and beret.

And, to get back to seriousness, the new Magistrate will be Your Worship, won’t she, on a day to day basis?

It’s “Your Honour” in the ACT for both Magistrates and Judges now. I believe it was about 5 years ago that they changed it, dropping the “Your Worship” honourific.

poetix poetix 10:35 pm 09 May 12

johnboy said :

I’ll see you at our contempt of court hearing.

Cool!
I’ll be the person in cowl and beret.

And, to get back to seriousness, the new Magistrate will be Your Worship, won’t she, on a day to day basis?

johnboy johnboy 10:11 pm 09 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.)

I’ll see you at our contempt of court hearing.

NoAddedMSG NoAddedMSG 10:08 pm 09 May 12

Ben_Dover said :

“Dr. Colonel Boss”, that’s not the name of someone you’d want to cross!

I met someone once who had the formal titles of “Professor Sir”, as in Professor Sir Kroto. Turns out when a Professor gets at Knighthood, they get to use both titles at once.

poetix poetix 10:01 pm 09 May 12

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.)

LSWCHP LSWCHP 9:24 pm 09 May 12

Captain RAAF said :

Sandman said :

Duffbowl said :

“LTCOL Bernadette Boss (Retd), CSC” if you’re referring to her from an ADF point of view. Drop the (Retd) if she’s still in service. Educational qualifications are not recognised, other than ranks relating to trade qualifications (CFN, for example)

She’s in the Army Reserve. I wouldn’t think her rank is transferred to her Civilian life. I’ve worked with reservists before and not one of them insisted that I address them by rank. Another uniformed defence personnel may chose to but the civilian population is unlikely to.

Reserve personnel are only Defence members while they are in uniform and on duty, all other times, even if they are Generals, they are Mr and Mrs or ‘Hey you there!’. I had an MP Major try to pull rank on me while he was in his full time day job as a public servant, Bzzzzt, fail! Almost did his job for breaches of the APS code of conduct!

There’s arsehats everywhere.

About 10 years ago, my boss who is an ex naval officer was having a blue with a bloke from another company who was an ex air force office (Sorry Cap’n, but it’s true). Unbelievably, the ex-zoomie tried to pull rank on my boss in the manner of “I used to outrank you when we were both in uniform, therefore you have to do what I say”. Needless to say, this approach did not fly, as it were. In fact, I’ve rarely in my life seen someone shot down like that idiot subsequently was.

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 7:50 pm 09 May 12

Sandman said :

Duffbowl said :

“LTCOL Bernadette Boss (Retd), CSC” if you’re referring to her from an ADF point of view. Drop the (Retd) if she’s still in service. Educational qualifications are not recognised, other than ranks relating to trade qualifications (CFN, for example)

She’s in the Army Reserve. I wouldn’t think her rank is transferred to her Civilian life. I’ve worked with reservists before and not one of them insisted that I address them by rank. Another uniformed defence personnel may chose to but the civilian population is unlikely to.

Reserve personnel are only Defence members while they are in uniform and on duty, all other times, even if they are Generals, they are Mr and Mrs or ‘Hey you there!’. I had an MP Major try to pull rank on me while he was in his full time day job as a public servant, Bzzzzt, fail! Almost did his job for breaches of the APS code of conduct!

Diggety Diggety 7:31 pm 09 May 12

Well, if we can’t get prison sentences, I suppose 10,000 push-ups is the next best thing.

cranky cranky 7:22 pm 09 May 12

LTCOL Boss,

You would make the general populace of the ACT very happy if you made a rule of Not giving bail to any miscreant appearing before you who had a prior history.

And would probably save lives 🙂

Sandman Sandman 6:39 pm 09 May 12

Duffbowl said :

“LTCOL Bernadette Boss (Retd), CSC” if you’re referring to her from an ADF point of view. Drop the (Retd) if she’s still in service. Educational qualifications are not recognised, other than ranks relating to trade qualifications (CFN, for example)

She’s in the Army Reserve. I wouldn’t think her rank is transferred to her Civilian life. I’ve worked with reservists before and not one of them insisted that I address them by rank. Another uniformed defence personnel may chose to but the civilian population is unlikely to.

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 5:26 pm 09 May 12

qbngeek said :

johnboy said :

The US disagrees: http://www.formsofaddress.info/USA.html

But happy to stand corrected on Australian usage.

You might have done better to look up the UK Forms of Address considering our military follows thier traditions in most things.

Yep, like arriving for wars ON TIME, unlike our American ‘mates’ that prefer to be fashionably late.

PS: JB, thanks for the video link, its awesome!!!

qbngeek qbngeek 4:04 pm 09 May 12

johnboy said :

The US disagrees: http://www.formsofaddress.info/USA.html

But happy to stand corrected on Australian usage.

You might have done better to look up the UK Forms of Address considering our military follows thier traditions in most things.

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