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New magistrate announced for ACT courts

The territory's newest magistrate is Dr Bernadette Boss.

Attorney-General Simon Corbell this morning announced that the experienced criminal barrister and military lawyer will take up her new position on June 11.

Dr Boss is currently based with the defence college in Weston, and has previously been the vice president of the ACT Bar Association.

The appointment fills a gap left by the departure of Magistrate Grant Lalor, whose resignation is effective May 29.

His successor was plucked from the pool of potential candidates vetted to join the bench after former Chief Magistrate John Burns was elevated to the Supreme Court.

Lorraine Walker stepped into Justice Burns' old role in the middle of last year.


The latest announcement should bring some stability to a court almost unrecognisable from several years ago.

Since the middle of last year the court has greeted a new chief magistrate, two new full-time magistrates – David Mossop and Peter Morrison – and two special magistrates – Graeme Lunney and Chris Chenoweth.

They've also lost two – workhorses Maria Doogan and Mr Lalor – to early departures months out from their statutory retirement age of 65.

Dr Boss joined the Private Bar in 2002 and the ACT Bar two years later.

She has practiced in family law, military law, administrative law and appeared in children’s court matters.

The newly-minted magistrate has a PhD in international humanitarian law and human rights law.

She’s also a colonel in the army reserve.