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Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath

New District Court Judge And Magistrates For Queensland

Victor P Taffa

A new judge has today been appointed to the District Court of Queensland, along with 3 new magistrates.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said Ken Barlow QC would be appointed to the District Court.

Ken Barlow QC

“Mr. Barlow has more than 33 years’ experience in commercial law and litigation.” Attorney-General D’Ath said.

“Mr. Barlow also served for 11 years as a sessional member of QCAT and has volunteered in several capacities with a particular focus on mentoring indigenous lawyers.”


Attorney-General said Kurt Fowler, Bronwyn Hartigan and Peter Saggers would be appointed as magistrates.

“Mr. Fowler has 2 decades of experience in the law and has regularly appeared in all criminal court levels.” Attorney-General D’Ath said.

Mr. Fowler will be appointed to Ipswich and Beaudesert for 3 years.

Ms. Hartigan was called to the bar in 2005.

“Ms. Hartigan has experience in general practice, criminal, family commercial, equity, personal injury law and inquests.” Attorney General D’Ath said.

Ms. Hartigan will be appointed to Bundaberg until the end of this year then Mackay for 2 years.

“Mr. Saggers has practised law since 1989 holding positions at Legal Aid Queensland and as a Partner at respected firm, Howden Saggers Lawyers. In 2008, Mr. Saggers was accredited as a Queensland Law Society specialist in criminal law.” Attorney-General D’Ath said.

Mr. Saggers will be appointed to Caboolture until the end of this year then Charleville for 2 years.

Attorney-General congratulated the appointees.

“New appointments will bring a wealth experience to our Magistrates Court and District Court.” Attorney-General D’Ath said.


QCAT             Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal


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