Local Court

Chief Magistrate

The Chief Magistrate is the principal judicial officer of the New South Wales Local Court and is appointed by the Governor of New South Wales pursuant to the Local Court Act 2007. The Chief Magistrate is His Honour Judge Graeme Henson. The chief magistrate is supported by an executive office to monitor the workload of the local court, allocate judicial resources and to schedule court sittings at locations throughout NSW.

Chief Magistrate's Executive Office

New South Wales Local Court has the largest number of judicial officers in a summary jurisdiction in Australia. Under the direction of the chief magistrate, the staff of the executive office provide statewide administrative support to 134 magistrates (126 full time magistrates and eight part time magistrates).

One of the primary functions of the executive office is to assist the chief magistrate in organising and managing the sittings of the Local Court throughout New South Wales.

The Executive Office is responsible for the publication of sittings schedules, rosters, chief magistrate's circulars, local court Practice Directions/Notes, listing of cases and collation of statistical information. The executive office co-ordinates magistrate's travel across the state to ensure requirements for sittings are met and co-ordinate magistrates attendance at various conferences throughout the year.

Under the supervision of the Chief Magistrate and Deputy Chief Magistrates, the executive office is responsible for the day to day listing management and co-ordination of the Downing Centre and Central Local Courts.

The executive office also facilitates strategic and effective working relationships with clients and stakeholders and provides research and project support as required by the chief magistrate.

Contact the Chief Magistrates Office

Postal Address:
PO Box A4, SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1235.

Street Address:
Level 5, Downing Centre
143-147 Liverpool St,
SYDNEY NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9287 7588
Fax: 02 9264 1617
email: cmo@justice.nsw.gov.au

Complaints about judicial officers

Magistrates of NSW are independent judicial officers and the chief magistrate has no supervisory function of magistrates in the exercise of their judicial powers.

The Judicial Commission of NSW deals with complaints against judicial officers. Contact the Judicial Commission of NSW for advice about their complaints-handling role and the complaints process.

The address of the Commission is Level 5, 301 George Street, Sydney, 2000. Telephone (02) 9299-4421.

Chief Magistrate

His Honour Judge G L Henson, Chief Magistrate

Deputy Chief Magistrates

Her Honour Deputy Chief Magistrate J E Mottley
His Honour Deputy Chief Magistrate C G O'Brien

State Coroner of NSW

His Honour Magistrate M Barnes

Magistrates

His Honour Magistrate I Abdul-Karim

His Honour Magistrate M G Allen

His Honour Magistrate J Andrews

His Honour Magistrate M D Antrum

Her Honour Magistrate J Atkinson

Her Honour Magistrate J M Baptie

His Honour Magistrate M A Barko

His Honour Magistrate P J Barnett, SC 

His Honour Magistrate G J Bartley

Her Honour Magistrate G Beattie

His Honour Magistrate G T Blewitt AM

Her Honour Magistrate J Boulos

His Honour Magistrate G E Bradd

His Honour Magistrate R J Brender

His Honour Magistrate G Breton

His Honour Magistrate Dr R A Brown

His Honour Magistrate P Bugden

Her Honour Magistrate D M Burns

Her Honour Magistrate J Carney

His Honour Magistrate I Cheetham

His Honour Magistrate J Chicken

His Honour Magistrate R Clisdell

His Honour Magistrate M Connell

His Honour Magistrate S Corry

Her Honour Magistrate S M Crews

Her Honour Magistrate K Crittenden

His Honour Magistrate M W Crompton

His Honour Magistrate G Curran

His Honour Magistrate M Dakin

His Honour Magistrate D Day

His Honour Magistrate D P Degnan

Her Honour Magistrate R E Denes

His Honour Magistrate D R Dick

His Honour Magistrate M A Douglass

Her Honour Magistrate S M Duncombe

His Honour Magistrate G J Dunlevy

His Honour Magistrate A R Eckhold

Her Honour Magistrate E A Ellis

Her Honour Magistrate C Farnan

His Honour Magistrate P G Feather

Her Honour Magistrate Dr G C Fleming

Her Honour Magistrate C A Forbes

His Honour Magistrate C M Franklin

Her Honour Magistrate S C Freund

His Honour Magistrate J H Gibson

Her Honour Magistrate J A Giles

Her Honour Magistrate C Girotto 

Her Honour Magistrate M Goodwin

Her Honour Magistrate H W Grahame, Deputy State Coroner

Her Honour Magistrate M J Greenwood

His Honour Magistrate G J Grogin

His Honour Magistrate I J Guy

His Honour Magistrate C C Halburd

Her Honour Magistrate T J Hamilton

Her Honour Magistrate C M Haskett

Her Honour Magistrate E Hawdon

His Honour Magistrate P A Hayes

His Honour Magistrate D M Heilpern

Her Honour Magistrate N L Hennessy, Deputy President of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal

His Honour Magistrate G G Hiatt

His Honour Magistrate J R Hogg

Her Honour Magistrate S L Holdsworth

His Honour Magistrate M N Holmes

Her Honour Magistrate S A Horan

Her Honour Magistrate J A Huber

His Honour Magistrate R P Hudson

Her Honour Magistrate C M Huntsman

His Honour Magistrate T B Keady

Her Honour Magistrate E C Kennedy

Her Honour Magistrate J Keogh

Her Honour Magistrate G Knight

His Honour Magistrate D Lee, Deputy State Coroner

His Honour Magistrate J A Linden

His Honour Magistrate C Longley

His Honour Magistrate T T Lucas

His Honour Magistrate L W Mabbutt

His Honour Magistrate P A MacMahon

His Honour Magistrate R J Maiden

His Honour Magistrate S McCosker

His Honour Magistrate S McAnulty

Her Honour Magistrate M M McGlynn

Her Honour Magistrate S McGowan

Her Honour Magistrate S McIntyre

Her Honour Magistrate L M McManus

His Honour Magistrate A Mijovich

Her Honour Magistrate J M Milledge

His Honour Magistrate R P Miszalski

His Honour Magistrate A K Murray

His Honour Magistrate M O'Brien

Her Honour Magistrate T M O'Sullivan

His Honour Magistrate D J Pearce

His Honour Magistrate D J Price

Her Honour Magistrate K J Price

His Honour Magistrate R D Prowse

Her Honour Magistrate M Quinn

His Honour Magistrate A W Railton

His Honour Magistrate D Reiss

His Honour Magistrate M Richardson

Her Honour Magistrate K Robinson

Her Honour Magistrate P M Russell

Her Honour Magistrate E Ryan, Deputy State Coroner

Her Honour Magistrate M Ryan

His Honour Magistrate A J Sbrizzi

Her Honour Magistrate B A Schurr

Her Honour Magistrate S G Seagrave

Her Honour Magistrate T Sheedy

His Honour Magistrate B J A Shields

Her Honour Magistrate E Skinner

Her Honour Magistrate J Soars

Her Honour Magistrate K E Stafford

Her Honour Magistrate L V Stapleton

His Honour Magistrate P D Stewart

His Honour Magistrate G J Still

His Honour Magistrate M Stoddart

His Honour Magistrate R G Stone

Her Honour Magistrate M Stubbs

Her Honour Magistrate V M Swain

His Honoour Magistrate B S Thomas

Her Honour Magistrate K E Thompson

Her Honour Magistrate F Toose

Her Honour Magistrate J M Trad

Her Honour Magistrate E Truscott, Deputy State Coroner

His Honour Magistrate T Tsavdaridis

His Honour Magistrate B van Zuylen

Her Honour Magistrate A M Viney

Her Honour Magistrate J K Virgo

His Honour Magistrate R A Walker

His Honour Magistrate G Walsh

His Honour Magistrate B H Williams

His Honour Magistrate D I Williams

His Honour Magistrate R H Williams

His Honour Magistrate G R Wilson

Her Honour Magistrate E Wynhausen

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