- Former Chief Judge of the District Court, his Honour Kevin Sleight, appointed chairperson of Prisoners Review Board
- Judge Sleight to also chair related review boards
- The former Chief Judge replaces outgoing Chairperson, his Honour Allan Fenbury
Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of former District Court Chief Judge Kevin Sleight as Chairperson of the Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia (PRB).
Judge Sleight will concurrently serve as Chairperson of the Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board (MIARB) and Chairperson of the Supervised Release Review Board (SRRB).
Judge Sleight was admitted to practice in 1975 and appeared as counsel in trials and appeals in the District, Supreme and Federal Courts. He was a partner at Mayberry Hammond in Northam and Perth from 1980 to 2005.
His Honour was appointed a District Court Judge in 2005 and Commissioner of the Supreme Court in 2011. Judge Sleight became Chief Judge of the District Court in 2015, serving a five-year term before his retirement from the bench.
Judge Sleight will replace his Honour Allan Fenbury, who has resigned as Chairperson, effective April 29, 2022.
Judge Sleight's term as Chairperson of the PRB runs until January 6, 2023 while a search for a longer-term appointment is undertaken.
The PRB has the authority to grant, defer or refuse parole of adult offenders, while the SRRB plays a similar role for youth offenders.
The MIARB has various powers and obligations with regard to those accused of crimes and found unfit to stand trial, or not guilty on account of unsoundness of mind owing to intellectual impairment or mental illness.
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"I congratulate Judge Sleight on his appointment to this critical and challenging position.
"During his time with the District Court he was instrumental in reducing trauma for child witnesses, introducing an Aboriginal Cultural Awareness program for judges and overseeing the implementation of E-courts in WA.
"I also thank Judge Fenbury for his commitment and exceptional service since his appointment in 2018."
Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston:
"The WA community rightly has high expectations around decisions made to grant or refuse parole to prisoners.
"I trust that Judge Sleight's leadership will ensure the Prisoners Review Board's continuing commitment to balancing the safety of the community with the management of risk posed by an offender."
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