Western Australia’s District Court has appointed two new judges who have extensive experience in criminal law matters relevant to the court’s jurisdiction.
Attorney-General John Quigley and the Law Society of Western Australia have offered their congratulations to barrister Lisa Campbell-Tovey and Supreme Court registrar Natalie Whitby following their appointments as District Court judges.
Law Society president Jocelyne Boujos commented: “On behalf of the wider WA legal profession, I warmly congratulate Lisa Campbell-Tovey and Natalie Whitby on their appointments. Both appointees have extensive experience in criminal law matters and their respective skills are highly relevant to the jurisdiction.”
Ms Boujos added that both new justices have made a valuable contribution to the legal profession in Western Australia, and its other members wish them “all the best in their important new roles as District Court judges”.
Justice Campbell-Tovey was admitted to practice in 1992 and has been a legal practitioner for almost 30 years. She joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as a prosecutor in 1996 before becoming a barrister at John Toohey Chambers in 2003.
Justice Whitby is a longstanding member of the Law Society and was admitted to practice in 1996. She joined the Law Society in the same year and went on to become registrar of the Supreme Court for 11 years. Justice Whitby holds a commission as an acting magistrate, exercised in serious criminal matters.
Justice Campbell-Tovey and Justice Whitby will fill vacancies left by the resignations of his honour Ronald Birmingham and his honour Simon Freitag.