The Tasmanian Government is continuing to deliver a more efficient and effective justice system for Tasmanians with expressions of interest now being sought for two permanent, full-time Magistrates for Tasmania.

These appointments will mean the Magistrates Court will have 17 permanent, full-time Magistrates, which is a record number for Tasmania and includes a brand-new position to be based in Launceston or Devonport, with regular travel between the two locations.

The other position will be based in Burnie as a replacement for former Magistrate Tamara Jago SC, who was recently sworn in as the seventh Judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

Importantly, this provides an equal number of Magistrates between the South and the North/North-West of the State, and will allow the Court to deal with cases faster, while addressing any backlog of criminal matters.

It again confirms our commitment to reduce any backlog of cases and provide better access to justice for all Tasmanians.

To be eligible for appointment, a candidate must be an Australian lawyer of not less than five years’ standing as an Australian legal practitioner and be under the age of 75.

The positions will be advertised on Saturday, 27 November 2021 and expressions of interest are due by close of business on Wednesday, 15 December 2021.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the Protocol for Judicial Appointments which stipulates the eligibility criteria, selection process and consultation requirements that apply.

The Protocol is available on the Department of Justice website https://www.justice.tas.gov.au/about/policies/protocol_for_judicial_appointments

Elise Archer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice