Barrister Bronwyn Hartigan has been appointed as a new magistrate.
Barrister Bronwyn Hartigan has been appointed as a new magistrate. Lee Constable

Mackay barrister appointed as new magistrate

HIGHLY respected Mackay barrister Bronwyn Hartigan has been named one of the State's newest magistrates.

She is one of three new magistrates appointed by Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath.

Ms Hartigan was called to the bar in February 2005 in Mackay where she has always practised as a barrister.

Barrister Paddy Cullinane QC, who has been in chambers with Ms Hartigan for about 15 years, said the appointment was thoroughly deserved.

"She's a very hard worker, very disciplined and a great advocate,” Mr Cullinane said.

"I'd imagine everyone who knows or has seen Bronwyn would say it's a very meritorious appointment.

"I'm over the moon for her. She thoroughly deserves it.”

Mr Cullinane's sentiment was shared by the Mackay District Law Association president Jordana Abela, who said the MDLA was proud to hear the news.

"Ms Hartigan is a valued and well respected member of the Mackay legal profession and has been for many years,” Ms Abela said.

"The MDLA is proud to see a local barrister appointed to this position. Ms Hartigan will serve the community well and we wish her all the best in her new role.”

Ms Hartigan will be appointed to Bundaberg until the end of this year before returning to Mackay to sit as a magistrate for two years.

"Ms Hartigan has experience in general practice, criminal, family, commercial, equity, personal injury law and inquests,” the Attorney-General said.

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts said the appointments were another step towards adequate resourcing and swift replacements on the bench.

Commercial barrister Ken Barrow will step into the role of District Court judge from June 18, while Brisbane specialist criminal solicitors Kurt Fowler and Peter Saggers will join Ms Hartigan as magistrates from June 24.

"I am especially pleased to see two of our very own stepping into such honourable roles in our justice system as solicitors make fine and excellent members of our judiciary,'' he said.

"All four appointments are yet another step forward to ensuring swift and effective justice for all Queenslanders through a well-resourced justice system,” Mr Potts said.

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