find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
New Chief Judge appointed in Western Australia

New Chief Judge appointed in Western Australia

A would-be Mallesons Stephen Jaques lawyer has been appointed to one of Western Australia's highest courts.

A would-be Mallesons Stephen Jaques lawyer has been appointed to one of Western Australia’s highest courts.

Judge Peter Martino has been appointed the new Chief Justice of the states District Court, replacing Antoinette Kennedy, who will retire from her commissions from July this year.

In a game of musical chairs in the court, Justice Martino will officially take up the post from 1 July, but will act in the position from 26 March, while Justice Kennedy takes leave.

WA’s Attorney General Christian Porter announced that Justice Martino will be responsible for the overall management of the Court’s business and in providing leadership and direction for the Court’s members.

His experience as a solicitor of law firm Stone James & Co, now Mallesons Stephen Jaques, will put him in good stead for the role, A-G Porter said.

“His demonstrated experience in law office management with a major law firm will stand him in good stead for fulfilling this role,” Porter said.

“He is recognised as one of the leading lights on the District Court bench and has earned the admiration of his peers in the judiciary and members of the legal profession.”

The profession itself also handed the new Chief judge professional applause. The state’s professional body, the Law Society of Western Australia, said: “His Honour is renowned for his tireless work ethic, sounds judgments and dedication to serving the community.”

Law Society president Hylton Quail also paid his respects to the outgoing Chief Justice, acknowledging her “enormous contribution” to the law during her 25 years on the bench, including the last 6 years as Chief Judge.



Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

New Chief Judge appointed in Western Australia
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice, ALA, right-to-die law
Oct 24 2017
‘Right-to-die’ laws would be a relief for terminally ill: ALA
The passage of an assisted dying bill through the lower house of Victorian Parliament has been haile...
Oct 24 2017
Diversity top of agenda for future WA Law Society president
The advancement of diversity in the Western Australian legal profession will be one of the key items...
Oct 23 2017
How to fail well
The legal profession is due for an attitude adjustment when it comes to perceived failures, accordin...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...