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4 appointments made to Magistrates Court of WA

West Australian Attorney-General John Quigley has named four new magistrates to the state’s Magistrates Court.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 11 September 2023 The Bar
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Stephen Butcher, Rosemarie Myers, Clare Cullen, and Paul Lyons have all been appointed as magistrates and commence in their new roles today (Monday, 11 September).

One of the new magistrates will fill a vacancy, while the other three appointments are newly funded positions created under the Justice Pipeline Project.

Mr Butcher was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in early 2006 and has specialised in criminal law for much of his career.


Ms Myers was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2008, and after a stint at Legal Aid WA, spent more than eight years in private practice honing her criminal law experience.

Ms Cullen joined Western Australia’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) as a state prosecutor about 18 months after being admitted to practice in 2008, and she has practised there for nearly 14 years.

And Mr Lyons was admitted to practice in 2010, and he also served as a state prosecutor at the ODPP before taking up the position of senior solicitor with the Western Australia Police Force.

Speaking about the appointments, A-G Quigley said: “I am pleased to welcome Stephen Butcher, Rosemarie Myers, Clare Cullen, and Paul Lyons on the benches of the Magistrates Court. Over their distinguished careers, they have been involved in complex criminal law and other legal matters in the state’s court system.

“One of the new magistrates has extensive experience in private practice, another at Legal Aid and in private practice, and two with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Their combined expertise across a broad spectrum of criminal law makes them well-credentialled appointees and will help underpin the court’s administering of a heavy workload.

“Congratulations to all four new magistrates.”