NSW Children’s Court welcomes new president

NSW Children’s Court welcomes new president

17 November 2021 By Naomi Neilson
Magistrate Ellen Skinner

Attorney-General Mark Speakman has announced that the NSW Children’s Court has welcomed a new president and judge of the District Court.

Effective on Monday, 22 November, Magistrate Ellen Skinner will step into the role of Children’s Court president and District Court judge. The magistrate has already acted as president of the Children’s Court since September but was recently officially confirmed for a five-year term and elevated to the District Court’s bench.

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Commenting on the new role, Mr Speakman said: “Magistrate Skinner has many years of experience as a solicitor and a magistrate, as well as a long-established commitment to improving outcomes for children, young people and families.”

Magistrate Skinner will bring a wealth of experience from across the legal system, including from her role as a managing solicitor at the Aboriginal Legal Service and from her time at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Legal Aid.

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Magistrate Skinner was first appointed to the bench in 2009 at the age of 33. She was, and remains to be, the youngest magistrate ever appointed in NSW.

“I am very pleased to announce Magistrate Skinner’s appointment. Her experience, skills and knowledge will be a huge asset,” Mr Speakman said.

NSW Children’s Court welcomes new president
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