A Supreme Court judge has been appointed to the bench of the WA Court of Appeal following the retirement of Justice David Newnes.
Justice Andrew Robert Beech was sworn in as a judge of the Western Australian Court of Appeal last month.
According to a statement from the WA Attorney-General John Quigley, Justice Beech had been sitting full-time as a judge of the state’s Court of Appeal for a number of months. Justice Beech was officially sworn into the appeal court bench on 24 May.
“Justice Beech takes up his new appointment following a successful legal career spanning more than three decades,” Attorney-General Quigley said.
“I commend Justice Beech on his appointment as a judge of the Court of Appeal.”
Justice Beech was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of WA in 2007.
Ten years after his admission to practice, he was called to the bar in 1994, working from Francis Burt Chambers. The distinguished practitioner took silk in 2004.
"Between 1997 and 2007, he held various positions including editor of the Western Australian Reports, a lecturer at The University of Western Australia and Hearing Commissioner for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission,” the Attorney-General said.
Justice Beech graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (honours) and a Bachelor of Laws in the early ‘80s.
He completed his articles in 1985 and went on to work as a solicitor at Perth firm Parker and Parker for a number of years and then later as Crown prosecutor from 1992 to 1994.
The Law Society of Western Australia also extended its congratulations to Justice Beech for his new judicial appointment, with Senior Vice President Hayley Cormann noting the judge’s experience on the bench for over 10 years.
“On behalf of the law society, I warmly congratulate Justice Beech on this well-deserved appointment,” Ms Cormann said.