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4 new magistrates named in Victoria

The Victorian Attorney-General has made four appointments to the state’s Magistrates Court, who bring a “broad range of expertise” to the Victorian justice system.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 09 October 2023 The Bar
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Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes of Victoria has appointed James Henderson, Carolyn Howe, Adriano Serratore and Allison Vaughan to the Magistrates Court of Victoria.

Mr Henderson spent five years as a senior lawyer at WorkSafe Victoria, and he brings “extensive” prosecutorial experience, having worked for the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions, the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.


Ms Howe was the principal solicitor at law firm Howe Legal for more than a decade, and for the past five years, has concurrently served as a police lawyer where she has represented Victoria Police in criminal and family violence-related matters.

Mr Serratore has most recently worked as the deputy general counsel and director of courts and prosecution services at Victoria Police and has held several legal roles at the then Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Ms Vaughan’s appointment follows her more than two years serving as a judicial registrar at the Magistrates Court, prior to which she practised as a barrister at the Victorian Bar for over a decade.

Speaking about the appointees, A-G Symes said: “Congratulations to Ms Howe, Mr Serratore, Mr Henderson, and Ms Vaughan on their appointments to the Magistrates Court.”

“Each of these appointees brings decades of legal expertise and their unique set of skills to Victoria’s busiest court.”

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