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Magistrates Act 1991 – 8 May 2015

Magistrates Regulation 2003 – 12 April 2013

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A barrister or solicitor of at least five years standing may be appointed as a magistrate.

  • Sections 4, 5, 8, 41

A Magistrate or District Court judge may be appointed Chief Magistrate. The person in this position is responsible for ensuring the orderly and expeditious exercise of the jurisdiction and powers of Magistrates Courts.

  • Sections 4, 12, 53J
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National Judicial College of Australia

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2012/22 – Judicial Registrars – Power concerning prescribed applications and matters





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