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WA Family Court names new magistrate

The Family Court of Western Australia (FCWA) has appointed a new magistrate. 

user iconEmma Musgrave 14 November 2022 The Bar
WA Family Court names new magistrate
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The court’s new magistrate has been named as Rebecca Hall, who is an experienced practitioner in family and children’s law.

Ms Hall’s new position comes into effect from 21 November. She replaces Justice Robin Cohen who filled the magistrate’s role temporarily before becoming a judge of the FCWA and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

Ms Hall was appointed a registrar of the FCWA in January 2022 following 14 years of family law practice as a solicitor and principal of private law firms, a statement confirmed, noting that Ms Hall became an accredited mediator this year.

 
 

“As an associate principal, Ms Hall ran a complex independent children’s lawyer and dispute resolution practice. This work included undertaking mediations as well as providing family law advice and being counsel in trials,” the statement continued. 

“As part of her registrar responsibilities, Ms Hall has managed divorce lists, registrar’s duty lists, readiness hearings, conciliation conferences, pre-trial conferences, contravention case assessment conferences and assessments of costs.

“She also continued to draw on her expertise in overseeing dispute resolution, mediating in parenting, care of children and protection orders, and supervising and mentoring less-experienced practitioners.”

Attorney-General John Quigley congratulated Ms Hall on her appointment to the Family Court of Western Australia.

“Rebecca Hall has demonstrated a high level of family law expertise both as a private lawyer and more recently as a member of staff of the Family Court of WA,” he said.

“Ms Hall has conducted many mediations and appeared in both the family and children’s courts in private practice, as well as having a strong working knowledge of the Family Court system from her time as registrar.

“I am confident her depth of family law experience will serve the Family Court well in regularly presiding over complex matters.

“I congratulate Ms Hall on her appointment to the Family Court.”