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7 new magistrates appointed in Victoria

Victorian Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes has named seven new magistrates for the state’s magistrates and children’s courts.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 10 May 2024 The Bar
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Earlier this week, A-G Symes welcomed judicial registrar and Law Institute of Victoria board director Majella Foster-Jones, barrister and judicial registrar Michael Gurvich, Law and Advocacy Centre for Women principal legal officer and co-founder Jillian Prior, Stary Norton Halphen partner Timothy Schocker, Victorian Legal Aid senior public defender Andrew Waters, Law and Advocacy Centre for Women managing lawyer Siobhan Whittle, and Victoria Legal Aid deputy managing lawyer Louise Wildberger as the state’s newest magistrates.

Gurvich, Schocker, Waters, Prior and Wildberger have been appointed to the Magistrates Court, with Foster-Jones and Whittle joining the Children’s Court.


All appointees will start their roles this month.

Speaking about the appointments, A-G Symes said: “I welcome our seven newest magistrates, each highly skilled and experienced legal professionals, to Victoria’s judiciary.

“The magistrates and children’s courts play vital roles in the Victorian justice system. I thank these appointees for dedicating their legal expertise to serving the community.”