Gympie solicitor one of three new regional Qld magistrates
GYMPIE solicitor and former chamber of commerce president, Simon Young is one of three new regional Queensland magistrates appointed yesterday.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the appointments of Mr Young, along with Steven Mosch and Aaron Simpson, received Governor-in-Council approval yesterday.
Mr Bleijie said the new magistrates were "well respected in their fields and will bring a wealth of diverse experience to their respective court rooms".
Mr Young will begin his new role close to home, in Caboolture, before moving to Kingaroy in 2014, Mr Bleijie said.
"He is a director of a local law firm, qualified to appear in the High Court of Australia, and he is the former president of the Gympie Chamber of Commerce," Mr Bleijie said.
A Townsville solicitor, Mr Mosch will serve as a magistrate in his home city.
Mr Simpson is a barrister who has served as both a prosecutor and defence counsel. He was also Counsel Assisting the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. He will begin his appointment in Ipswich, before moving to Bundaberg next year.
"The appointments fill existing vacancies and follow extensive consultation with the Chief Magistrate and the legal fraternity.
"I welcome and thank (the new appointees) for agreeing to take on these important roles. It is vitally important that Queenslanders have access to justice, wherever they live."