Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA

Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA

Attorney General; Minister for Electoral Affairs

    Barrister appointed to the District Court

    12/07/2022 12:05 PM
    • Linda Black appointed as a Judge of the District Court
    • Appointment follows more than 25 years as a top lawyer in the criminal courts
    • The position newly created through the WA Government's Justice Pipeline funding

    Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced criminal Barrister, Linda Black, as a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia.


    Ms Black was a State Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for almost a decade before returning to private practice specialising in criminal, disciplinary, regulatory and human rights law.


    She has worked as a lawyer for more than two decades with most of that time in the criminal courts defending and prosecuting some of WA's highest profile and complex matters.


    Ms Black is one of the State's leading barristers and a specialist jury trial advocate. She is an accredited advocacy teacher, one of two founding directors of Murray Chambers Perth and a former President of the Criminal Lawyers Association of WA.


    Her appointment to the District Court will take effect from August 1.


    The position is newly created through the WA Government's Justice Pipeline Project.


    Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:


    "I would like to congratulate Ms Black on her well-deserved appointment to the District Court.


    "Ms Black is highly regarded and one of Western Australia's leading barristers having spent equal time as a prosecutor and as defence counsel.


    "She has personally appeared in all relevant courts including the Supreme Court, both in the Court of Appeals and before a Single Judge in high profile criminal matters.


    "Ms Black has a strong reputation as a specialist jury trial advocate and has appeared in the State Administrative Tribunal in complex matters involving proceedings brought by regulatory boards.


    "The breadth of her experience will further strengthen the District Court bench."


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