Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Federal Magistrates Court: Appointment of New Federal Magistrates

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced the appointments of Magistrate Margaret Cassidy and Judge Jillian Orchiston as Federal Magistrates.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Magistrate Cassidy and Judge Orchiston on their appointments to the Federal Magistrates Court,” Mr Ruddock said.
“Magistrate Cassidy and Judge Orchiston bring to their new positions a wealth of experience and expertise and I wish them every success.”
Magistrate Cassidy practised as a barrister in Queensland from 1994 until her appointment as a magistrate of the Queensland Magistrates Court in 2005.
In private practice, Magistrate Cassidy gained extensive experience in family law and related jurisdictions, together with experience in anti-discrimination law, trade practices, industrial relations, corporations law, taxation law and alternative dispute resolution.
Magistrate Cassidy will take up her appointment on 5 November 2007 and will be based in Brisbane.
Judge Orchiston practised as a barrister in New South Wales from 1987 until her appointment as a magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales in 1994.
In 2003, she was appointed an Acting Judge of the District Court of New South Wales and a Judge of the Drug Court of New South Wales. Her work with the Drug Court has enabled her to gain specialised knowledge of the practice of therapeutic jurisprudence.
Judge Orchiston will take up her appointment on 12 November 2007 and will be based in Sydney.

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