Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of West Australian magistrate Michael King to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Mr King is a Victorian who served as a magistrate in Western Australia from 2000 to 2007, and again from 2010 to 2016.

He joins the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria with almost 36 years of legal experience, having started his career in 1980 as a solicitor in Western Australia.

As a solicitor, Mr King worked on private criminal, civil and family law matters, as well as in legal aid and Aboriginal legal services.

He established the first regional office of Legal Aid in Western Australia, located in Broome and serving the Kimberley region.

In 1990, he was the counsel in charge of the Legal Aid team that represented families appearing before the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Mr King became a magistrate in 2000 and served at Geraldton for just over four years. He then served as the Drug Court magistrate in Perth for two years.

In 2007, he moved to Melbourne where he was a research fellow, then senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. He later resumed his role as a magistrate in Western Australia.

In 2010, he served as a magistrate at Kununurra and later at the Armadale Magistrates’ Court and the Armadale Family Violence Court.

He has also been involved in the training of new magistrates and justices of the peace.

Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula

“Michael King comes to the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court after a distinguished legal career in Western Australia and his extensive experience in criminal, civil and family law casework will be invaluable in his new role.”

“I congratulate Mr King on his appointment and look forward to the contribution he will make to the Victorian legal system.”

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