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Two SA lawyers appointed District Court Judges


Two experienced South Australian lawyers have been appointed new Judges of the District Court, as Judges Gordon Barrett and Susanne Cole depart.

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Jo-Anne Deuter, a barrister with Anthony Mason Chambers and former partner at law firm Minter Ellison will replace District Court Judge Gordon Barrett, who retires this month.

HWL Epsworth Lawyers partner and national head of energy and resources, Michael Durrant, has also been appointed a District Court Judge and will sit primarily in the Environment, Resources and Development (ERD) Court jurisdiction.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said both lawyers are experienced and respected members of the legal profession.

She said in a statement this morning that Deuter is “regarded as one of Adelaide’s leading barristers in the area of personal injury litigation, acting for both injured plaintiffs and defendants, with significant experience in civil litigation”.

Durrant, said Chapman, “has more than 25 years’ experience in commercial litigation, particularly within the environmental and local government jurisdictions, and specialising in energy and resources litigation”.

“I congratulate and welcome them both to the District Court.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Judge of the District Court, Michael Evans, has been appointed Senior Judge of the ERD Court to replace Judge Susanne Cole.

Cole is moving interstate to become the new Deputy President of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

“I would also like to thank Judge Barrett for his long contribution to the District Court over many years and wish him well in retirement, and also congratulate Judge Cole as she continues her career as the new Deputy President of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal,” said Chapman.

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