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Shake-up at the top of SA's legal system

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Crown solicitor Michael Evans QC has been appointed the new chief judge of the District Court while crown advocate Chris Bleby has been named SA’s new solicitor-general.

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In announcing a series of key legal appointments today, Attorney-General John Rau said he especially congratulated Evans, who became the state’s first crown advocate in 2010 and has worked as crown solicitor for the past two years.

“I have valued and respected his wisdom and insights and, while sad to see him go, wish him every success in the demanding position of chief judge of the District Court,” he said.

Evans replaces retiring chief judge Geoffrey Muecke, and will take up his new role on December 20.

Bleby ­– currently crown advocate in the crown solicitor’s office – fills the vacancy left when former solicitor-general Martin Hinton QC was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court in April this year.

“I am confident Chris Bleby will bring his sharp intellect to bear on the issues faced by the solicitor-general,” Rau said.

In other appointments, Magistrate Jane Schammer becomes a judge of the District Court (following the recent death of judge Rosemary Davey), while Fisher Jeffries partner Anna Jackson will replace Schammer.

The State Government says it has begun the selection process for a new crown solicitor.

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