An acting president for the Children's Court of NSW has been named with the appointment to come into effect immediately.
Attorney-General Mark Speakman has confirmed Magistrate Ellen Skinner has been appointed as acting president of the Children’s Court of NSW. The appointment of Magistrate Skinner is effective immediately and will expire on either the 15 October or when a permanent president is appointed, if that comes prior to the date.
The appointment of Magistrate Skinner follows the appointment of former president Judge Peter Johnstone as NSW Chief Magistrate, announced earlier this month.
Magistrate Skinner was admitted to the legal profession in 1999 having graduated from the Australian National University in Arts and Law.
"Magistrate Skinner has experience across the legal system, having worked for the Aboriginal Legal Service, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Legal Aid. In 2009, her Honour became the youngest magistrate appointed in NSW when she was elevated to the bench at 33 years old," Mr Speakman said.
"Magistrate Skinner has a long-established commitment to improving outcomes for children, young people, and families who come before the Children’s Court."