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NSW Local Court sees 3 new magistrates

Three magistrates with over 70 years of combined experienced have been appointed to the Local Court of NSW.

user iconEmma Musgrave 31 October 2022 Big Law
NSW Local Court sees 3 new magistrates
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Gregory Moore, Laurie Robertson and Robert Munro will take to the state’s Local Court.

Mr Moore will be sworn in on 15 November, Ms Robertson on 16 November, and Mr Munro on 17 November 2022.

Mr Moore has been a barrister in private practice for more than 32 years, specialising in common law and family law. Most recently, he has practised in complex child protection and family law matters.

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Ms Robertson has more than 25 years of experience as a solicitor and a sole practitioner for 17 of those years, working predominately in children’s law, care and protection, adoption, and family law.

Meanwhile, Mr Munro holds 17 years of experience and is currently a Crown prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, a position he has held since 2016.

In making the announcement, Attorney-General Mark Speakman (pictured) said the three new magistrates support the NSW government’s commitment to delivering more efficient justice in the state’s busiest court.

“Mr Moore, Ms Robertson and Mr Munro will each bring a diversity of legal knowledge and experience to the Local Court bench. Through their lengthy careers in the legal profession, they have demonstrated that they have the professional skills, attributes and experience to handle the demands of working in our state’s busiest court,” Mr Speakman said.

The A-G noted these appointments restore the total complement of magistrates to 149.

“The NSW government is committed to delivering timely justice for the people of NSW. Following the government’s significant investment in the 2021–22 state budget, NSW has a record 149 magistrates working in more than 150 court locations across the state and supported by more than 700 registry staff,” he said.

“Our magistrates oversee a caseload equal to 96 per cent of criminal prosecutions and 90 per cent of civil matters in NSW. Of the 41 magistrate appointments the governors have made on my recommendation as Attorney-General, 24 have been women.

“I congratulate Mr Moore, Ms Robertson and Mr Munro on their appointments and wish them well in their new judicial roles.”

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