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Crown prosecutor to join NSW bench

An accomplished lawyer who has clocked up 15 years as a Crown prosecutor will be appointed to the NSW District Court in January next year.

Tanya Bright has been selected for appointment to the District Court bench. The experienced Crown prosecutor will fill a vacancy left following the passing of Judge Gregory Farmer SC in August this year.

Announcing Ms Bright’s appointment last week, NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton said the Crown prosecutor would bring more than 25 years’ experience to her new role.

“Ms Bright has appeared in more than 140 trials, including cases involving manslaughter and sexual assault.

“She has a quarter of a century of experience in the law, including 23 years with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions [ODPP], Ms Upton said.

Ms Bright, who is currently based in Gosford, worked on a number of notable cases during her time with the ODPP.

These include the 2008 prosecution of Simon John Hunter for ploughing into a group of people with his car at a bakery in Terrigal and the 2016 prosecution of a physiotherapist who was imprisoned for indecently assaulting patients.

“I congratulate Ms Bright on her appointment and look forward to her further contributions to the NSW justice system,” Ms Upton said.

Earlier in her career, Ms Bright worked in the special crime group of the ODPP. She was also seconded to the NSW Police Commissioner's Office for a period of time, where she worked as a senior legal officer.

Prior to joining the ODPP Ms Bright worked as a solicitor at Freehill, Hollingdale & Page, dealing with banking, finance and litigation matters.

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