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NT strengthens Local Court bench

A new judge has been appointed in the Northern Territory, the first female Local Court judge to be based in Alice Springs in 10 years.

Northern Territory Supreme Court and Local Court registrar Sarah McNamara was appointed as a Local Court judge in Alice Springs earlier this week.

Ms McNamara is the first female Local Court judge to be based in Alice Springs in 10 years. She also brings the number of permanent judges in Alice Springs back up to four, following the retirement of Judge Daynor Trigg, and raises the number of female Local Court judges in the NT to five.

The Law Society Northern Territory issued a statement welcoming Ms McNamara’s appointment, calling it “a win for diversity and access to justice”.

“The Society has long supported judicial appointments from within the local profession to the greatest extent possible, diversity in the legal profession and the judiciary, and access to justice in the regions,” said Law Society president Tass Liveris.

“Registrar McNamara’s appointment progresses each of these causes.”

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