New magistrate for ACT

Australian Greens

ACT Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury has today announced the appointment of Ms Alexandra Burt as a new Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court.

“The appointment of an 8th Magistrate for the Territory will strengthen the ACT Magistrates Court in its timely and efficient delivery of justice to the Canberra community,” said Minister Rattenbury.

Ms Burt brings over 18 years’ experience in legal practice having most recently served as a Magistrate in the Victorian Magistrates Court in Shepparton. Prior to this, she was a respected barrister practising in criminal and administrative law and appearing in both federal and state courts, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Mental Health Tribunal and the Forensic Leave Panel.

“I am delighted that a judicial officer of Ms Burt’s calibre will join the ACT Magistrates Court. Ms Burt will bring immense experience to her new role, having worked across diverse backgrounds and subject matters,” said Minister Rattenbury.

Ms Burt will commence in her new role on 15 January 2024.

In addition to the announcement of a new magistrate, Minister Rattenbury today also announced the appointment of two additional Acting Judges to the ACT Supreme Court, Ms Rebecca Christensen and Dr Anthony Hopkins. Ms Christensen and Dr Hopkins, who both currently serve as Special Magistrates of the ACT Magistrates Court, will assist the ACT Supreme Court in flexibly managing its workload over the coming years.

“I congratulate all three individuals and look forward to their service to the Canberra community,” said Minister Rattenbury.

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