South Australia Attorney-General John Rau
Chief Judge Among Key Legal Appointments
Victor P Taffa
South Australian Crown Solicitor, Michael Evans QC, has been appointed to the position of Chief Judge of the District Court.
Mr. Evans will replace Chief Judge Geoffrey Muecke who has reached retirement age.
“I would like especially to congratulate and thank Michael Evans QC, who has worked as Crown Solicitor for the past two years. I have valued and respected his wisdom and insights and, while sad to see him go, wish him every success in the demanding position of Chief Judge of the District Court.” Attorney-General John Rau said.
The appointment was one of four announced today by Attorney-General John Rau.
Magistrate Jane Schammer has been appointed a Judge of the District Court.
Ms. Schammer takes up a vacancy that was created by the recent passing of Judge Rosemary Davey.
“The promotion of Jane Schammer to the District Court is well deserved.” Attorney-General Rau said.
Anna Jackson, currently a partner at law firm Fisher Jeffries, will become a magistrate, replacing Ms. Schammer.
“I am pleased that Anna Jackson will be joining the judiciary.” Attorney-General Rau said.
Chris Bleby, currently the Crown Advocate in the Crown Solicitor’s office, will become the new Solicitor General.
“Finally, I am confident Chris Bleby will bring his sharp intellect to bear on the issues faced by the Solicitor-General.” Attorney-General Rau said.
Solicitor-General’s position has been vacant since Martin Hinton QC was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court.
A selection process has begun for the position of Crown Solicitor.
Mr. Evans graduated in Law from the University of Adelaide in 1980 and was admitted to practice in 1981.
He worked as a solicitor at Stratfords and then Thomson Simmons. He then practised as a barrister at the independent bar, from Torrens Chambers, Bar Chambers and more recently Hanson Chambers. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 2008.
Mr. Evans became the first Crown Advocate for South Australia in 2010 and has been the State’s Crown Solicitor since 2014.
He has previously been a member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, a member and chair of the Council of Pembroke School and, since 2013, a member of the Council of St. Ann’s College.
Mr. Evans takes up his new role on 20 December.
Jane Schammer gradated in Economics and then Law at the University of Adelaide and was admitted to practice in 1990.
Thereafter, she worked in private practice at several Adelaide firms and as a partner at Ward and Partners, Minter Ellison and Gilchrist Connell.
Ms. Schammer became a magistrate in 2011 where she sat in both criminal and civil divisions. She has performed the duties of regional manager in the civil section of Adelaide Magistrates Court since March this year.
Ms. Schammer has experience in complex civil and commercial litigation in all State jurisdictions and the Federal Court.
Ms. Schammer has served on the Law Council of Australia, the Law Society and on the board of the Cora Barclay Centre.
Ms. Schammer’s appointment is from 12 December.
Anna Jackson graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in 1997, before completing a graduate certificate in legal practice from UniSA the following year.
Ms. Jackson was an associate at Tindall Gask Bentley, then partner at Lawson Smith Lawyers and at HWL Ebsworth Insurance Group before taking up her current position as a partner at Fisher Jeffries.
Ms. Jackson has extensive litigation experience across most State and federal courts and tribunals including the High Court.
Ms. Jackson has practical experience of alternative resolution processes.
Ms. Jackson serves on the council of the Law Society and sits on the disciplinary committee of the Football Federation of SA.
Ms. Jackson becomes a magistrate on 5 December.
Christopher Bleby SC is currently the Crown Advocate in the Crown Solicitor’s Office.
Christopher Bleby SC gained a first class Honours Law degree from the University of Adelaide before being admitted to legal practice in South Australia in 1995.
Christopher Bleby SC has worked as an Associate of a judge of the Supreme Court, as a solicitor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and in the Crown Solicitor’s Office and spent over ten years in practice at the Independent Bar.
In 2000 he was awarded a Ph. D in law from the University of Cambridge.
With experience as a solicitor and barrister, policy researcher and university tutor, he is also proficient in Japanese.
Christopher Bleby SC has published extensively on legal topics and has built up experience in legal practice in administrative, constitutional, commercial, criminal, industrial, taxation and succession law.
Christopher Bleby SC has served on the board of Loreto College Council and the parish council in Kingswood.
His appointment is immediate.