Congratulations to Evan Hughes who is now officially a Magistrate this morning following a ceremonial sitting of the Magistrates Court of Tasmania in Launceston, which I was very pleased to attend.

Magistrate Hughes has been appointed to another brand new position that will work across Devonport and Launceston, bringing the number of permanent Magistrates to 17 – a record number for Tasmania, which I am proud to have prioritised and funded along with our many other initiatives to address any criminal backlogs.

He brings extensive legal experience and knowledge that will serve him well in this important role, with over 20 years’ experience in the legal profession within Tasmania.

Magistrate Hughes began his career in the Office of the Crown Solicitor and has also worked as a criminal and family law litigator with the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania (now Tasmania Legal Aid) from 1999, before then moving to Rae and Partners from 2012 and serving as Principal of the firm since 2014.

He was also previously a member of the Board of Management of the Launceston Community Legal Centre from 2012 to 2015, and the President of the Law Society of Tasmania from 2018 to 2019.

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

Magistrate Hughes is already a well-respected member of the legal profession in Tasmania, and I look forward to the significant contribution he will make to our justice system into the future.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General