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Criminal lawyer takes to Children’s Court

Western Australia Attorney-General John Quigley has appointed a new magistrate to Perth’s Children’s Court, who joins with an extensive background in criminal law.

user iconEmma Musgrave 21 January 2021 The Bar
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Alana Padmanabham has taken on the job, effective 18 January 2021.

According to a statement from the A-G’s website, Ms Padmanabham was admitted to practice in Western Australia in February 2005 and has more than 15 years of experience in civil litigation, personal injury and criminal law.


“Having operated a successful law practice, Ms Padmanabham regularly appeared as Counsel in high profile trials and sentencing matters in all jurisdictions,” the statement read.

“She is a Commissioner of Legal Aid WA and a committee member of Women Lawyers of Western Australia, and highly regarded in the legal profession.”

Commenting further, Mr Quigley commended Ms Padmanabham’s work, noting she will be a valued addition to the Children’s Court.

“Ms Padmanabham’s broad experience across all aspects of criminal law and her keen interest in social justice issues will be a valuable addition to the court,” he said.

“Ms Padmanabham has a reputation for her commitment to providing high-quality legal representation in private matters as well as legal aid grants.

“I congratulate Ms Padmanabham on her appointment and wish her well in her new role.”