Robert Cook heads to the bench

johnboy 21 August 2013

robert cook

Simon Corbell has announced the appointment of Robert Cook as a Magistrate:

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has today announced the appointment of Mr Robert Cook as a new Magistrate for the ACT.

“I am pleased to announce Mr Cook’s appointment to the position of Magistrate,” Mr Corbell said.

“Mr Cook fills the vacancy created by the appointment of David Mossop as Master of the ACT Supreme Court.”

Mr Cook has over 20 years of legal profession experience. Over the last three years, he has worked as a barrister in the ACT, specialising in employment law and work, health and safety law.

Prior to this, he was a partner in two separate leading national and international law firms.

Between 1976 and 1996, Mr Cook was in the RAAF holding various positions including senior legal officer and prosecuting officer under the Defence Discipline Act and defending officer to ADF personnel before Defence Tribunals.

Mr Cook has been actively involved in a number of professional organisations, including as National Vice-President of the Australian Industrial Relations Society. Between 2005 to 2010, he was Deputy President of the ACT Racing Appeals Tribunal.

Expressions of interest and nominations were considered by a selection advisory committee comprising Judge Graeme Henson, the NSW Chief Magistrate, ACT Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker, and Ms Kathy Leigh, Director-General of Justice and Community Safety Directorate.

The selection committee conducted interviews with a number of candidates, and provided advice to the Government. Mr Cook’s appointment commences on 11 September, 2013.

[Photo courtesy Simon Corbell’s office]

UPDATE: The Law Society have expressed their pleasure.

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