Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has appointed James Morton to the bench of Mount Isa magistrates court, one of several new appointees to the state’s court system in the last month.
Mr Morton has been a defence barrister for nearly two decades and has worked closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland and Northern Territory.
He is also a law lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, a member of the Regional Parole Board and was appointed chair among 10 appointees of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Board in 2016.
Ms D’Ath said Mr Morton was a good fit for Mount Isa Magistrates Court.
“It’s pleasing to appoint magistrates who have demonstrated a commitment to regional Queensland,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“I’ve now appointed six new magistrates across Queensland in the past month; all bring vast expertise to the bench.”
The appointment of Mr Morton in Mount Isa, as well as others in Rockhampton, Emerald, Dalby and two in Southport all took effect from Monday May 8.