IN the constant reshuffle that is the Australian legal profession, a replacement judge has been appointed to Western Australia's District Court after a space was left due to a departure to the state's Supreme Court.
John Staude has been appointed to the District Court, replacing Justice Robert Mazza, who moved to the Supreme Court after six years on that bench.
Western Australia's Law Society today welcomed the appointment, Staude being one of its council members.
His Honour Judge Staude has actively contributed to the Society’s ongoing success as part of its Council, and has been a long term contributor to the Society’s Courts Committee, LawAsia Committee and the Professional Indemnity Insurance Management Committee.
“These appointments are well deserved for two highly experienced and respected legal practitioners who have served the justice system with unwavering integrity and dedication,” said Society president Hylton Quail.
“Judge Staude is a man who is not only respected for his legal knowledge and forensic skills, but well liked in the profession for his personable approach to the law and those he works with.
“While his presence on the Society’s Council will be missed, I wish him all the best as he takes on this new challenge.”
Quail also has high praise for Judge Mazza.
“[Judge Mazza] was a very experienced criminal lawyer when appointed to the District Court. He has since shown that his expertise and judgment extends to all areas of the law. He is held in the highest regard in the legal profession," he said.
Justice Mazza has replaced the Hon Justice Geoffrey Miller, who retired in December.
As reported by The New Lawyer yesterday, Justice Mazza worked in private practice for the first 16 years of his career, including establishing the firm Mazza & Mazza with his late father in 1997.
After 1997, he practised almost exclusively as a criminal lawyer, predominantly for the defence, but undertook a number of prosecutions on behalf of the State.
Judge Mazza also appeared as counsel in matters before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, the Dental Board, the Racing Appeals Tribunal and the Migration Review Tribunal.