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Western Australia Attorney General Christian Porter

Mr. Anthony Derrick SC Appointed Judge Of The District Court

Victor P Taffa

Attorney General Christian Porter announced the appointment of Anthony Derrick SC as a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia today, following the retirement of Judge Kate O’Brien on May 22.

Mr. Derrick graduated in Law with Honours from The University of WA and commenced articles with Freehill Hollingdale & Page (now Freehills) in 1990.

He was admitted to practice in 1991 and in 1992 joined the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions where he spent seven years prosecuting matters on behalf of the State.

Mr. Derrick moved briefly to the Crown Solicitor’s Office in 2001 before joining the WA Bar Association and moving to practice as a Barrister at Francis Burt Chambers in 2002.  In 2009, Mr. Derrick was appointed to the office of Senior Counsel.



“Mr. Derrick has extensive experience in the criminal law area, prosecuting matters on behalf of both the State and the Commonwealth Directors of Public Prosecutions and appearing in the Supreme, District and Children’s courts on a regular basis.” Mr. Porter said.

“He has also been briefed to prosecute matters by the Corruption and Crime Commission.”

“While at the Bar, Mr. Derrick was also regularly briefed by solicitors to appear in civil matters, including in the areas of town planning, negligence and professional misconduct by medical practitioners.”

For a short period in 2008, he held an appointment as a District Court Commissioner in the civil jurisdiction.

“Mr. Derrick has presented numerous seminars and workshops for the WA Bar Association, the Law Society and the State DPP and has conducted forensic advocacy units at both UWA and Murdoch University.” the Attorney General said.

“He is a member of the Legal Practice Board, the Council of the WA Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers Association and the Law Society of WA, among others.”

Mr. Derrick will commence his new post as a Judge of the District Court of WA on June 8.


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