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Simon seeks a Magistrate

By johnboy - 6 March 2012 4

Sure to set legal hearts a flutter is the news that the Attorney-General Simon Corbell is kicking off the recruitment of a magistrate to replace Grant Lalor:

Magistrate Lalor has written to the Attorney General advising that his resignation will take effect from 29 May 2012.

Mr Corbell said he planned to use a recent recruitment process that was conducted for the previous vacancies in the Magistrates Court to fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Lalor’s resignation.

“The Government undertook a recruitment process in the latter stages of 2011 to fill the position made vacant by the promotion of Lorraine Walker to the Chief Magistrate’s position,” Mr Corbell said.

“The Government attracted a strong field of applicants in this recent recruitment process and the Government has chosen to use this field of candidates to fill the upcoming vacancy. I intend to announce an appointment to this position in due course.”

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Simon seeks a Magistrate
Wilco 6:14 pm 10 Mar 12

kgferrari said :

Wilco said :

Rather than work off an existing list, Simon C should start again.

What’s required are capable practicing lawyers with court experience who are firm but fair.

How do you know that utilising the existing list won’t do this? Recruitment is generally an expensive exercise and it is a very common practice to fill in vacancies from a pre-existing merit list.

Given the recruitment was undertaken in late 2011 the likelihood of a new candidate applying is virtually non-existent so why waste the money?

I respectfully demur. The age profile of the existing bench is such that there aren’t likely to be any further vacancies for some time. This is well known in legal circles around town. A new selection exercise will likely excite fresh interest, and produce a strong field.

Magistrates play a pivotal role in our legal system. It’s vital that the best person(s) be selected. Cost is a secondary consideration, especially when a youngish appointee can potentially serve for 20 years or more.

kgferrari 1:50 pm 10 Mar 12

Wilco said :

Rather than work off an existing list, Simon C should start again.

What’s required are capable practicing lawyers with court experience who are firm but fair.

How do you know that utilising the existing list won’t do this? Recruitment is generally an expensive exercise and it is a very common practice to fill in vacancies from a pre-existing merit list.

Given the recruitment was undertaken in late 2011 the likelihood of a new candidate applying is virtually non-existent so why waste the money?

Wilco 4:02 pm 09 Mar 12

Rather than work off an existing list, Simon C should start again.

What’s required are capable practicing lawyers with court experience who are firm but fair.

bigfeet 6:58 am 07 Mar 12

They may as well shut the Alexander Maconochie Centre and the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre down now.

He was the only Magistrate who had enough balls to actually sentence people to imprisonment.

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