Magistrate bans 'yep' from court

THERE is a new magistrate in town and he is not fond of the colloquialism “yep”.

Ipswich Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin, who made headlines after he ordered an unruly defendant into the watch house for 20 minutes for repeatedly calling him “mate”, has been posted to Dalby Magistrates Court this year.

In return for Mr McLaughlin, Dalby has sent Magistrate Michael Quinn to Ipswich.

Mr Quinn visited Ipswich Magistrates Court last year to provide relief when resident magistrates took annual leave.

But he has now been assigned to Ipswich on a full-time basis from this year.

The former solicitor settled into his new job at Ipswich courthouse this week and was already reprimanding defendants for inappropriate etiquette and dress.

A handful of unrepresented defendants replied “yep” when asked a question and Mr Quinn immediately fired back: “Please say yes or no”.

A full-figured man who presented himself at the bar table wearing a black t-shirt, tracksuit pants and thongs was told to pull his shirt down to cover his belly.

Mr Quinn was sworn in as a magistrate in July 2007 and took up his first appointment at Sandgate in northern Brisbane.

He began his legal career in 1973 as an articled clerk in Brisbane and was admitted as a solicitor in 1977, specialising in criminal law and professional conduct litigation.

Mr Quinn is a former vice-president of the Queensland Law Society and was awarded a Centenary Medal for distinguished services to law in Queensland in 2003.



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