Special Magistrates

Special Magistrates are appointed under the Magistrates Court Act 1930 and unlike permanent magistrates they need not be barristers or solicitors.

However, to be considered for appointment as a Special Magistrate the applicant must display an appropriate knowledge of the relevant law and its underlying principles. They must also possess a high level of expertise in their chosen area or profession and display certain personal qualities such as sound judgment and objectivity.

In the ACT, Special Magistrates are able to hear the same matters as dealt with by Magistrates. 

The list below provides the names and date of appointment for those who have served as Special Magistrates in the ACT from 1930.


Chronological index of Special Magistrates of the Magistrates Court of the Australian Capital Territory

Special Magistrate Appointed
   
GOODWIN, Colonel John Thomas Hill 25.11.1930 - 6.9.1936
   
GARRAN, Sir Robert Randolph 27.3.1942
   
PERCIVAL, Arthur 28.11.1946
   
MCKILLOP, Robert Alexander 14.5.1947
   
KEANE, Francis Charles Patrick 18.5.1947 - 29.11.1949
  28.10.1966
   
RHODES, Sidney Richard 9.7.1947 - 6.10.1953
   
GREEN, Frank Clifton 9.7.1947
   
THORPE, Frank Gordon 9.7.1947 - 23.12.1953
   
DENTON, Charles Francis 21.3.1957
   
DAVIES, John Llanover 16.4.1957
   
SAWER, Gepffrey 16.4.1957
   
DEBENHAM, Edmond Monaghan 9.8.1962
   
HARVEY, Everard Roy 20.9.1962
   
EDMONDS, Keith Stacey 5.4.1963
   
MEAGHER, Martin Sylvester 23.4.1963
   
PATON, Alexander John 24.8.1967
   
CROMMELIN, Brian Frederick Lake 23.11.1967
   
HUMBY, Rexton James 17.4.1968
   
FLYNN, William Stilwell ?.4.1968
   
SCARLETT, John Roderick 27.3.1969
   
WARD, Charles Kingsley 27.3.1969
   
FISCHER, Clement Lewis 29.6.1970
   
PRICE, Thomas Francis 26.8.1976
   
PEARSON, Eric Sterndale 26.8.1976
   
HOGAN, Alan Eugene 22.9.1977 - 5.6.1989
   
O'CONNOR, Desmond 16.2.1978
   
NICHOLS, David Bruce 19.10.1978
   
KILDUFF, Charles Francis 27.3.1980 - 4.11.1981
   
WYNNE, Anthony William 9.7.1982
   
O'NEILL, James Joseph 27.1.1983
   
DOBSON, Kevin Townley 20.8.1986
   
MURPHY, John Martin 19.5.1988
   
BANNISTER, Marcus Kessell 14.10.1988
   
HARDIMAN, Alan Anthony  24.11.1988 
   
SMITH, Douglas William 14.12.1989 - 1.7.1994 
   
DAINER, John Joseph  3.3.1994 
   
HARVEY, Christine Susan  30.9.1994 
   
SYMONS, Elizabeth Marjorie  30.9.1994 - 30.9.2004 
   
DELLAR, Garry George  30.9.1994 
   
NICHOLL, Warren Keith  20.2.1996 
   
WARD, Michael  20.7.1998 - 30.8.1998 
  22.9.1998 - 30.10.1998 
   
PEEDOM, Michael Henry  11.11.1998 - 10.11.2005 
   
THOMPSON, Phillip Raymond  12.9.2000 - 28.2.2006 
   
PIKE, Ian Henry  29.8.2001 - 28.8.2002 
   
LALOR, Grant Chrysostom  25.6.2002 - 13.12.2002 
   
CUSH, Kenneth Michael  13.10.2008 - 30.6.2010 
  03.06.2013 - Current
   
STEFANIAK, Bill  17.11.2008 - 2.2.2009 
   
LUNNEY, Graeme  16.05.2011 - 15.05.2014
   
CHENOWETH, Christopher  16.05.2011 - 15.05.2014
   
DOOGAN, Maria 03.06.2013 - 06.05.2017
   
HUNTER, Margaret 21.05.2014 - Current
   
MULLIGAN, Dominic 21.05.2014 - 06.05.2017
   
Jervis Bay Special Magistrates: Commander of
HMAS Creswell  
 21.3.1953 -  Current