President Of The Children’s Court Judge Denis Reynolds Retires

President Of The Children’s Court Judge Denis Reynolds Retires

Western Australia Attorney General John Quigley

Attorney General Pays Tribute To Children’s Court President

Victor P Taffa

  • His Honour Judge Denis Reynolds to retire from his position as President of the Children’s Court
  • Justice Reynolds’ replacement will be announced in the near future

Attorney General John Quigley has paid tribute to the President of the Perth Children’s Court for his long-standing contribution to the people of Western Australia.

“Judge Reynolds’ contribution to the Western Australian community as one of Australia’s longest serving judicial officers has been exemplary.” Attorney General John Quigley said.

“His distinguished legal career began in 1977 when he was admitted to practise law having completed his studies at The University of Western Australia.”

His Honour Judge Denis Reynolds will be retiring from his position as President of the Children’s Court of Western Australia on March 15, 2018.

Judge Reynolds is the longest serving President of the Perth Children’s Court and one of Australia’s longest serving judicial officers.

He was appointed as a Magistrate in 1984, a Commissioner of the District Court in 1997 and a Judge of the District Court in 2004.

Shortly after Judge Reynolds was appointed a Judge of the District Court, he took up the position of Children’s Court President replacing Judge Kate O’Brien.

Judge Reynolds has given 34 years’ service, making him the longest serving judicial officer in Western Australia.

By any measure, this represents an extraordinary period of service to the community of WA and the administration of justice in this State.

Judge Reynolds was also the recipient of the 2012 Western Australian of the Year award for the Community category.

Judge Reynolds has rightly earned the respect of the legal profession, the judiciary and indeed the Western Australian community for his dedication, professionalism and leadership.

During his time as head of the State’s children’s court, Judge Reynolds has been a strong advocate for reform, particularly in the area of prevention and diversion programs for young people who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

He will be remembered with fondness across the legal profession for his integrity, compassion, courtesy and commitment to justice in this State.

“On behalf of the State Government and all Western Australians, I thank Judge Reynolds for his service to our community and wish him all the best in his retirement.” Attorney General Quigley said.