6 judicial appointments made in Victoria

By Jerome Doraisamy|13 February 2020

The Andrews government in Victoria has appointed a new coroner, an associate judge of the Supreme Court and four magistrates.

Earlier this week, the Victorian Attorney-General’s Department named Leveasque Peterson as a coroner; Julian Hetyey as an associate judge of the Supreme Court; and Hayley Bate, Justin Foster, Michael Richards and Elizabeth Langdon as magistrates.

All of the appointees will commence their terms in the coming weeks, the A-G’s Department said in a statement.

Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said: “I am confident that all of the appointees will bring their wealth of knowledge and breadth of their legal experience to their respective roles within the judiciary.

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“Congratulations to all of the appointees, and I wish them well as they begin their terms.”

According to the department, Ms Peterson “has had a broad regulatory, administrative law and inquiries practice, representing government departments and statutory agencies”.

“During the Royal Commission into the Victorian Bushfires 2009, Ms Peterson represented 77 local councils and subsequently assisted in the local government response to recommendations made by the royal commission. She was appointed as the Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor in 2018,” it said.

Mr Hetyey is currently serving his second term of appointment as the judicial registrar of the Supreme Court, and before that was deputy district registrar of the Federal Court of Australia and the Australian Competition Tribunal Deputy Registrar.

Ms Bate was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 2009, the department continued, after serving as a criminal solicitor. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.

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Mr Foster is currently practicing at VCAT and in the Magistrates, County and Supreme Courts of Victoria, and was admitted as a barrister of the Victorian Bar in 2001.

Mr Richards is a senior barrister with over three decades of experience at the Victorian Bar, the department said, specialising in WorkCover litigation, and Ms Langdon has served as a magistrate in WA since 2006 in a number of jurisdictions, including the Children’s Court. She is currently the magistrate for the West Kimberley region.

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