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New Appointments to the Family Court


Magistrate Gail Sutherland has been appointed as a Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia.

This appointment creates a vacancy both in the position of Magistrate and that of Principal Registrar of the Family Court. Magistrate Annette Andrews has been appointed as the Principal Registrar, Registrar Leonie Forrest has been appointed as a Magistrate and Ms Jocelyn Connick has been appointed as a Registrar.

The appointments of Magistrate Andrews and Registrar Forrest have been made on an acting basis, commencing on 12 February 2018 and concluding on 1 October 2018. The appointment of Ms Connick is for a fixed term, also between 12 February 2018 and 1 October 2018.

Chief Judge Thackray has welcomed the new appointments and has extended his thanks to both the State and Federal Governments for their cooperation in ensuring there was no delay between appointments following the retirement of the Honourable Justice Walters which takes effect on 15 February 2018.