Criminal lawyer takes to Children’s Court

20 January 2021 By Emma Ryan

Western Australia Attorney-General John Quigley has appointed a new magistrate to Perth’s Children’s Court, who joins with an extensive background in criminal law.

Alana Padmanabham has taken on the job, effective 18 January 2021.


According to a statement from the A-G’s website, Ms Padmanabham was admitted to practice in Western Australia in February 2005 and has more than 15 years of experience in civil litigation, personal injury and criminal law.

“Having operated a successful law practice, Ms Padmanabham regularly appeared as Counsel in high profile trials and sentencing matters in all jurisdictions,” the statement read.

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“She is a Commissioner of Legal Aid WA and a committee member of Women Lawyers of Western Australia, and highly regarded in the legal profession.”

Commenting further, Mr Quigley commended Ms Padmanabham’s work, noting she will be a valued addition to the Children’s Court.

“Ms Padmanabham’s broad experience across all aspects of criminal law and her keen interest in social justice issues will be a valuable addition to the court,” he said.

“Ms Padmanabham has a reputation for her commitment to providing high-quality legal representation in private matters as well as legal aid grants.

“I congratulate Ms Padmanabham on her appointment and wish her well in her new role.”

Criminal lawyer takes to Children’s Court
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