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Children’s law specialist appointed as magistrate in WA

A specialist in children’s law has been appointed as a magistrate of the Children’s Court of Western Australia, as well as to the Magistrates Court of Western Australia, as an industrial magistrate and as a warden of mines.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 26 February 2024 The Bar
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Kyle Martin, whom the West Australian Attorney-General’s Department described as a children’s law specialist, has been named the state’s newest magistrate.

Since May of last year, he has been acting as a magistrate in the Children’s Court and presiding magistrate in the Dandjoo Bidi-Ak child protection court program.


Mr Martin was admitted in 2009 and began his career in regional areas at Legal Aid WA as part of the Country Lawyers Program before becoming a duty lawyer at the Children’s Court (Protection) Services. He then joined Legal Aid’s family law division.

Three years ago, he was appointed a registrar of the Children’s Court and presided over pre-hearing conferences under a mediation model of his own design.

His tenure as a magistrate will take effect on 26 February.

Speaking about the appointment, Attorney-General John Quigley said: “Kyle Martin has devoted much of his career to the protection and welfare of children, in particular Indigenous children. Following his extensive experience as a children’s and family lawyer, Mr Martin, as a Children’s Court registrar, had a high success rate in managing matters in pre-hearing conferences with all their complexity and risks.

“As an acting magistrate, he has exhibited excellence and commitment in presiding over the often intense and emotionally charged cases in the Dandjoo Bidi-Ak program. I congratulate Mr Martin on his appointment and look forward to him continuing his invaluable work.”