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Two District Court judges appointed


Attorney-General Vickie Chapman has appointed two Adelaide lawyers to be Judges of the District Court of South Australia.


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Michael Burnett QC and Joana Fuller will replace Judge Paul Rice, who retired earlier this month, and Judge Jack Costello, who will retire in January.

Burnett and Fuller will also both be appointed as Judges of the District Court of South Australia, and also be designated as judges of the Environment, Resources and Development Court and the Licensing Court.

Before joining the independent bar in 2004, Burnett was Counsel and Director of Enforcement for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission in New South Wales and Queensland.

He worked as a solicitor in various private firms both in Adelaide and Sydney and is currently practising within Bar Chambers.

Fuller is experienced in criminal matters, motor vehicle and animal welfare law and this year was appointed by the Chief of the Defence Force as a Judge Advocate/Defence Force Magistrate, following 20 years service in the RAAF Specialist Reserve.

Fuller was admitted to practice in 1994, joined the independent bar in 1997 and has since practised within Bar Chambers.

Chapman said  both lawyers brought significant experience to their new roles, and were highly respected by their colleagues, the judiciary and the legal profession generally.

“In welcoming them to their new roles, we also acknowledge the contribution of Judges Rice and Costello to the District Court of South Australia and thank them for their service,” she said.

Fuller will formally begin her new role next week, while Burnett begins in February.

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