Prominent Perth lawyer and Legal Aid Commissioner Richard Bayly has been appointed as a new magistrate of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia.
Attorney General Jim McGinty said Mr Bayly was an experienced and well-respected solicitor.
Mr Bayly was admitted to practice in 1976 and worked at Wesfarmers in London before joining the Aboriginal Legal Service as a solicitor in 1978.
He has practised as a partner at Bayly and O’Brien for more than 24 years, specialising in criminal law.
Mr Bayly has held the position of Commissioner of Legal Aid (WA) for more than eight years and has been a council member of the Law Society since 2003.
He also served as president of the Criminal Lawyers Association from 2001 to 2002.
"Mr Bayly is highly regarded both within the judiciary and the legal profession and I congratulate him on his appointment," Mr McGinty said.
"His experience in criminal law will make him a welcome addition to the judicial system in WA."
Mr Bayly will take up his appointment on November 28.
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