WA District and Supreme Court Update.

From the Government of Western Australia - Media Statements

Changes for District and Supreme courts

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

  • District Court Chief Judge Peter Martino promoted to Supreme Court
  • Judge Kevin Sleight takes over as Chief Judge

District Court of Western Australia Chief Judge Peter Martino has been appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

District Court Judge Kevin Sleight, who has also served as a Commissioner of the Supreme Court, will assume Mr Martino’s position as Chief Judge.

Attorney General Michael Mischin said the significant appointments would be welcomed by the legal fraternity, as both judges were highly regarded and were among the most experienced judicial officers in the State.

“Judge Martino has earned the admiration of his peers in the judiciary and members of the legal profession during his tenure at the District Court,” Mr Mischin said.

“As Chief Judge, he has been responsible for the overall management of the court’s business and has provided leadership and direction for the other members of the court.

“Judge Martino has shown admirable ability in managing the work of a very busy criminal and civil court, and is widely respected for his legal knowledge, wisdom and common sense.  I congratulate him on his new position.”

The Attorney General said he was confident Judge Kevin Sleight’s service in both the District and Supreme courts and in law office management would assist him in his new role as the District Court’s Chief Judge.

“Since being appointed to the District Court in January 2005, Judge Sleight has demonstrated considerable legal acumen and an enormous capacity for judicial work,” he said.

“In addition to his judicial role, he has demonstrated leadership as the chairperson of a working party to create protocols for the recording and use of visually recorded interviews of child witnesses in criminal trials from 2006-07.

“From 2010, Judge Sleight has been the Regional Convenor of the National Judicial College of Australia, and the Chairperson of the Inter-jurisdictional Education Committee.  He is also the Chairperson of the Child Witness Committee of the District Court, a position he has held since 2007.”

Both appointments will take effect from April 20, 2015.

Fact File

  • Judge Martino was appointed a judge of the District Court on November 9, 2000, and was appointed as the Chief Judge of the District Court on July 1, 2010
  • Judge Martino’s appointment to the Supreme Court will fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Justice James Edelman

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