Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has announced the appointment of two new magistrates for regional Queensland.
The A-G has named Brisbane barrister Tracy Mossop as the newest magistrate for the Ipswich region. Ms Mossop will be posted in the region for one year before transferring to Dalby.
She brings 27 years’ experience working in social and criminal justice areas, and was called to the bar in 2004.
Meanwhile, Townsville solicitor Terence Browne will spend a year at Cairns Magistrates Court before taking to Townsville for two years.
Mr Browne has spent the past 22 years as a criminal lawyer in Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Mount Isa. He has also spent more than 20 years teaching at James Cook University, with a particular expertise in criminal law.
Both appointments are effective 3 September.
“These appointments represent the Palaszczuk government’s commitment to delivering justice for Queenslanders, no matter where they live,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“These are well-deserved appointments for well-respected lawyers and reflect the high calibre of legal professionals across Queensland.
“They both possess the legal skills, experience and temperament to serve as judicial officers.”
Mrs D’Ath added: “Ms Mossop and Mr Browne have shown significant dedication to the legal profession, their communities and the lawyers of tomorrow through their work mentoring and educating others”.
“I congratulate Ms Mossop and Mr Browne on their appointments and wish them all the best,” she concluded.