The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Sandra De Maio, Anne Longden, Peter Quinlan SC and Pamela Scott on their recent appointments.
Ms De Maio and Ms Longden have been appointed to the Magistrates Court of Western Australia and Children’s Court of WA. Both are highly experienced legal practitioners who have a great deal to offer in this service to the public.
Peter Quinlan SC has been appointed as Solicitor-General of Western Australia. Mr Quinlan SC has a very well respected breadth and depth of experience in constitutional and administrative law.
Commissioner Scott has been appointed Western Australia’s first female Chief Commissioner of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Commissioner Scott has served as a commissioner since 1994 and is well-regarded in her role.
The Law Society congratulates all four on their appointments.
The Law Society also congratulates the Government and the Attorney General on working towards ensuring our judicial system is adequately resourced and the positive move for promoting gender equality across the legal profession.
The Law Society sees the promotion of gender equality across the legal profession, including in our State’s Judiciary, as an important part of its commitment to the Law Council of Australia’s Diversity and Equality Charter, which commits the legal profession to the promotion of equality, diversity, respect and inclusion regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or any other arbitrary feature.
Law Society President Elizabeth Needham said, “The Law Society supports gender equality in Western Australia’s Judiciary. All appointments are and should be meritorious, taking into account the appointee’s experience and standing, but there will always be more meritorious claimants than appointments and it is vital that when considering the meritorious claimants that the question of equality and diversity is addressed. Ms De Maio, Ms Longdon, Mr Quinlan SC and Commissioner Scott are all well respected legal practitioners, very deserving of their appointments and will serve our State well.”
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