Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA

Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA

Attorney General; Minister for Electoral Affairs

    Deputy Director of DPP appointed to the District Court

    14/01/2021 6:00 AM
    • Carmel Barbagallo SC appointed a judge of the District Court
    • Deputy Director of DPP to be part of the judiciary
    • Appointment fills vacancy left by the retirement of Her Hon Gillian Braddock SC

    Attorney General John Quigley has announced the appointment of high profile Senior Counsel, Carmel Barbagallo, as a judge of the District Court.


    Ms Barbagallo has 25 years' legal experience commencing in general practice in regional Queensland before taking on a variety of roles in the ACT, Victoria and Western Australia.


    Highly regarded in legal circles, she has spent many years managing and conducting the most demanding, complex and important criminal prosecutions in the State.


    In January 2008, Ms Barbagallo moved to Victoria to take up a position as Crown Prosecutor.


    Returning to Western Australia in November 2010, Ms Barbagallo became the Consultant State Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) supervising a team of approximately 30 prosecutors.


    From December 2016, Ms Barbagallo was responsible for the management and prosecution of Bradley Robert Edwards for the Claremont murders, believed to be the longest running and one of the most expensive prosecutions ever conducted in WA.


    Ms Barbagallo has been the Deputy Director of the ODPP since 2017.


    Her appointment fills a vacancy created by the recent retirement of Her Hon Gillian Braddock SC. Ms Barbagallo will take up her new position on 2 February 2021.


    Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:


    "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Barbagallo as a judge of the District Court. 


    "Ms Barbagallo has a diverse background in the law starting out as a general practitioner in rural Queensland before being drawn to State Prosecutor roles.


    "Experienced in criminal law, Ms Barbagallo has prosecuted some of the most serious and complex prosecutions in Western Australia.


    "Many will know Ms Barbagallo as head of the team that conducted the successful prosecution of Bradley Robert Edwards, the now convicted Claremont killer.


    "Ms Barbagallo is a highly intelligent and determined advocate and lawyer with a genuine empathy for victims, many of whom experience the most horrendous circumstances imaginable. These qualities will be invaluable in her judicial career.


    "I congratulate Ms Barbagallo on her appointment and thank her for her continued service to the people of Western Australia."


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