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New magistrate named for WA Family Court

West Australian Attorney-General John Quigley has appointed a family law specialist as a magistrate of the state’s Family Court.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 22 December 2023 The Bar
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Dual-qualified lawyer Jane Johnson has been elevated to the Family Court of Western Australia and will commence in her new role on 1 January 2024.

She was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 2008 and New Zealand in 1989 and became an accredited family law specialist in 2015.


Speaking about the appointment, A-G Quigley said: “I congratulate Jane Johnson on being appointed a magistrate of the Family Court of WA.

“She has served with distinction across two jurisdictions. Her extensive experience spans all aspects of family law, including care arrangements for children, child support, parenting issues, spousal maintenance and property and financial settlements.

“Ms Johnson conducted numerous trials and represented children and young people in court proceedings during her time in private practice.

“She will help strengthen the Family Court bench’s presiding of complex family legal matters.”

In the 16 years prior to her appointment as a magistrate, she worked as a solicitor at a Perth-based private legal firm that specialises in family and divorce law, the A-G’s Department noted in a statement, and while in NZ, she worked in family law in private practice for 18 years.