Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

    New chair for Prisoners Review Board

    26/03/2012 12:00 AM
    • Robert Cock QC appointed new chair of Prisoners Review Board
    • Appointment for three-year term
    Attorney General Christian Porter today announced the appointment of Robert Cock QC as the new chairperson of the Prisoners Review Board and Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board as well as a judge of the District Court.

    Mr Porter said the appointment, for a term of three years, would begin immediately.

    “Mr Cock is an outstanding lawyer with extensive experience in criminal and public law as well as in public administration,” he said.

    “He is very well suited for these positions.”

    Justice Narelle Johnson’s three-year tenure as chairperson expired last Friday.

    The Attorney General thanked Justice Johnson for her hard work and contribution to the role.

    “Justice Johnson has done a tremendous job in the role during the last three years,” he said.

    Mr Porter said Justice Johnson was due to return to her role as a Supreme Court Judge today but that health reasons had prevented her from resuming this position immediately.

    “I send Justice Johnson and her family the State Government’s best wishes for a fast and full recovery,” he said.

    Mr Cock was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1979 and worked in various capacities in the Crown Solicitor’s Office until his appointment as Crown Counsel in 1992.

    He held the office of Director of Public Prosecutions from 1999 to 2009. Since then, he has worked as Special Counsel to the Premier.

          Fact File
    • Prisoners Review Board responsible for all decisions about release on parole
    • Has authority to recommend, grant, defer or refuse early release orders
    • Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board reports and makes recommendations to the Attorney General relating to those either unfit to stand trial or acquitted on account of unsoundness of mind and detained under custody orders
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