New Appointments to the Magistrates’ Court

Attorney-General, Martin Pakula, today announced the appointment of Carolene Gwynn and John O’Brien to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Ms Gwynn brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, specialising in criminal law, family law and intervention orders.

Admitted to practice in 1994 and having signed the Bar Roll in 2001, Ms Gwynn has since practised in all Victorian Courts as both defence and prosecuting counsel.

For a number of years, Ms Gwynn was also an instructor with the Victorian Bar to Legal Training Institute students in Papua New Guinea.

Mr O’Brien also brings significant knowledge to the bench, with more than 40 years of legal experience.

Mr O’Brien graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Laws in 1971, before being admitted to practice in 1972 and signing the Bar Roll in 1978.

He has handled a considerable number of complex cases, focusing on accident compensation and personal injuries in both Victorian and interstate courts.

The appointments follow the retirement of John Murphy and the departure of Sharon Cure, who has taken up a role with the Magistrates’ Court in Tasmania.

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula

“I congratulate Ms Gwynn and Mr O’Brien on their appointments to the Magistrates’ Court, where I know they will continue to make an important contribution to the Victorian justice system.”

“Ms Gwynn brings extensive experience in criminal law to the Magistrates’ Court, having practiced as both prosecution and defence over a number of decades.”

“With his broad knowledge of both Victorian and national jurisdictions, Mr O’Brien will also make an invaluable addition to the Magistrates’ Court.”