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New Judicial Conduct Commissioner named

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A former District Court judge has been appointed South Australia’s next Judicial Conduct Commissioner in the wake of the resignation of former Commissioner Ann Vanstone.

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Planning Minister Josh Teague, acting as interim Attorney-General after Vickie Chapman stood aside from the role last month, said Michael Boylan QC would replace Acting Commissioner Bruce Debelle QC on January 7 for a three-year term.

Debelle, a former Supreme Court Justice,  took on the role for three months in October after state parliament passed laws changing the roles of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption and Office of Public Integrity, headed by Ann Vanstone who was also Judicial Conduct Commissioner.

The legislation allowed the government to separate the ICAC from the OPI to create two standalone independent agencies.

After the legislation passed Vanstone resigned as Judicial Conduct Commissioner saying the role was incompatible with her ongoing ICAC duties, and a search began for a permanent replacement.

“Mr Boylan was first admitted as a Practitioner of the Supreme Court and High Court in December 1974,” Josh Teague said in a statement.

“Since then, he has practised law both locally and overseas, with two years spent in Zimbabwe as part of an Australian Aid Program.

“Appointed Queen’s Counsel in December 2002, Mr Boylan was appointed to the bench in 2005 and retired earlier this year.

“He has the skills and experience to take on this position and I wish him well in this new role.”

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