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Job ads for new federal magistrates

Job advertisements calling for "impartial" and courteous candidates to apply to be federal magistrates have been placed by the Federal Government...

Some of these new FMs may be deciding family law matters.
The Sydney Morning Herald
15 February 2008

Job ads for new federal magistrates
By Jonathan Pearlman

Job advertisements calling for "impartial" and courteous candidates to apply to be federal magistrates have been placed by the Federal Government as a first step towards a more open appointment of judges.

The Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, who has flagged that judicial appointments should not be seen as "jobs for the boys or girls", has introduced a process for selecting the country's 52 federal magistrates, including the establishment of a selection panel that will interview and shortlist candidates.

The advertisements, which call for both candidates and nominations for four magistrates, list desirable "personal and professional qualities" such as tact, courtesy, communication skills, impartiality, integrity, ability to work under pressure and "ability (or the capacity quickly to develop the ability) to deliver clear and concise judgments". Legal groups will also be asked for recommendations.

In a speech at the Gold Coast on Sunday, Mr McClelland will outline the new process for selecting magistrates but leave open the possibility of a different system for judges, including the possibility of an independent judicial commission. It is understood he will appoint a selection panel, and select a magistrate from five candidates it names.

The shadow attorney-general, George Brandis, said he was concerned moves towards a more open process could lead to the inclusion of irrelevant, non-legal criteria. "Judicial appointments must be based exclusively on legal excellence and experience," he said. "They are not an exercise in participatory democracy."
Can someone start a poll for me please?!

"Desirable", "personal and professional qualities" such as tact, courtesy, communication skills, impartiality, integrity, ability to work under pressure and "ability (or the capacity quickly to develop the ability) to deliver clear and concise judgments".

'Tact' is definitely my strongest quality - even the Secretary of the SPCA agrees on that.

Executive Member of SRL-Resources, the Family Law People on this site (look for the Avatars) Be mindful what you post in public areas. 
Even I will vote for you and I assume no one wants to argue with me.

Thats TWO votes

Besides - I thought you had your sights set higher – LOL

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