District Court advances magistrate from Local Court

District Court advances magistrate from Local Court

01 June 2021 By Naomi Neilson
District Court advances magistrate from Local Court

The District Court’s newest judge has been elevated into her new position from her former role as magistrate in the Local Court.

Attorney-General Mark Speakman has congratulated Karen Robinson on being sworn in as a judge of the District Court following confirmation.

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“Magistrate Robinson has many years of experience as a solicitor, barrister and magistrate,” Mr Speakman said. “Her knowledge and skills will be a huge asset for the District Court.”

Ms Robinson formerly coordinated matters in Blacktown Local Court for three years and has sat in the Children’s Court and dealt with criminal and civil matters. Her background also includes court work in Sydney and regional NSW.

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She completed her law degree at the University of Sydney in 1991 and became a solicitor in Dubbo in private practice the following year. She joined Legal Aid NSW in Dubbo in 2003 and became acting solicitor in charge.

In 2008, MsRobinson was called to the bar where she appeared in the District Court for trials, appeals and sentence matters and in the Local Court for hearings, pleas and sentences. In 2013, she was elevated to the bench of the Local Court.

Ms Robinson replaces his honour Judge Ross Letherbarrow SC who retired from the District Court in March.

District Court advances magistrate from Local Court
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