Three new magistrates appointed to Queensland Courts

Published Thursday, 29 July, 2021 at 04:40 PM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

Three new magistrates have today been appointed to courts in Brisbane, Charleville and Innisfail with one also to undertake the role of Brisbane Coroner.

Mr Shane Elliott, Ms Stephanie Gallagher and Ms Megan Power will officially commence in their new roles on 2 August 2021. Ms Gallagher will also fulfil the role of Brisbane Coroner at the Coroners Court of Queensland.  

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Women and Violence Prevention Shannon Fentiman said the newest judicial officers were among the sharpest legal minds in the state and bring a wealth of experience and service to the people of Queensland.

“I wish to extend my congratulations to the three individuals appointed to Queensland Courts today and I have no doubt they will serve their community to the highest standard in the delivery of justice,” Minister Fentiman said.

“Together these three new magistrates bring more than 100 years of cumulative legal experience, practice and knowledge to the bench and are clearly well placed as they start new judicial career.

“Mr Elliott, who previously held positions as a legal director and solicitor, will commence in his role at the Brisbane Magistrates Court after more than 17 years working in both private practice and Legal Aid in the areas of youth justice, criminal law, traffic law, and domestic and family violence matters.  

“Ms Gallagher will commence her role at the Brisbane Magistrates Court and will also assume the position of Brisbane Coroner from next month.

“A former barrister and solicitor, she brings over 30 years of legal experience in the areas of medical and health-related litigation, civil matters, family law, mediation, guardianship matters, commercial law and coronial cases.

“Ms Power, a former Legal Aid lawyer and barrister, has been appointed to Innisfail and joins the bench with over 20 years’ legal experience primarily in areas of appeals, serious crime practice, environmental law, Childrens Court cases and Mental Health Court matters.

“I warmly welcome our newest Queensland magistrates and wish them all the very best in their judicial career,” Minister Fentiman said.