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Western Australia Attorney General Christian Porter

Mr. Ronald Birmingham QC Appointed Judge Of The District Court

Victor P Taffa

Barrister Ronald Birmingham QC has been appointed a Judge of the District Court of Western Australia following the retirement of Judge Antoinette Kennedy and appointment of Mr. Peter Martino as Chief Judge of the Court.

Mr. Birmingham gained a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws from The University of WA in 1976 and 1977 respectively and was admitted to practice in 1978.

Announcing the appointment today, Attorney General Christian Porter said Mr. Birmingham would provide a wealth of experience to the Court with his background in civil and criminal law.

“He practiced initially as a member of the firm of Dwyer & Thomas in Perth where he was principally engaged in commercial civil litigation as Solicitor and Counsel until 1983 when he joined the Independent Bar.” Mr. Porter said.



“Mr. Birmingham’s practice at the Bar included opinion work, and trial and appellate advocacy in commercial, civil and major criminal litigation in all State and Federal courts and tribunals.”

“He has been engaged in a wide range of areas of the law including Corporations Law, Crime, Defamation, Insurance, Negligence and General Common Law Litigation, Trade Practices, Local Government and Property.” Mr. Porter said.

Between 1997 and 2003, Mr. Birmingham was the Chairman of the Land Valuation Tribunal dealing with appeals under the Local Government Act, Land Tax Assessment Act, the Valuation of Land Act and the Strata Titles Act.

In March 1997, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel and on January 1, 2003, he established John Toohey Chambers in Perth.

Mr. Birmingham has also taken an active role in his membership of the Legal Practice Board of WA and is a member of the WA Bar Association, the Victorian Bar Association, the WA Criminal Lawyers Association, the Law Society of WA, the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration and the International Commission of Jurists.

“In 2003, Mr Birmingham was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to the Centenary of Federation and to the law.” the Attorney General said.

“His dedication to his practice has won the support of the judiciary and his colleagues in the legal profession and I am pleased to announce his appointment to the District Court today.”


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