DAMIEN DWYER was appointed as a new Queensland magistrate last week. He was appointed to the Cairns Magistrates Court, one of Queensland’s busiest, a move that increased the number of permanent magistrates in Cairns.
Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Rod Welford, said Dwyer was one of regional Queensland’s most experienced barristers, and had spent 15 years in private practice in Mackay. He also worked for the Department of Justice for over 16 years, which gave him considerable experience in the Magistrates Court, where he had held administrative positions in Mackay, Townsville, Innisfail, Mount Isa, Cairns and Cooktown. When he left the Department to go into private practice in 1990 he held the position of Clerk of the Court and Acting Magistrate in Cooktown.
He had also acted as the legal officer for the Mackay and District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation for Legal Aid Services and is currently a volunteer at the Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre.
Welford said it was to Dwyer’s credit that he had dedicated considerable time to his local community, and had taken on key business and community roles.
“This broad life experience, coupled with his formal qualifications as a barrister, will make [Dwyer] a great asset to the bench,” Welford said.