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 - Current
     
HUNTER, Margaret   21.05.2014 - Current
     
MULLIGAN, Dominic   21.05.2014 - Current
     
Jervis Bay Special Magistrates: Commander of
HMAS Creswell  
  21.3.1953 -  Current