​A Judge and two new Magistrates for NSW

Issued: Friday, 20 November 2015

Attorney General Gabrielle Upton today announced Magistrate Mark Buscombe has been elevated to the bench of the District Court of NSW, while Paul Hayes and Ross Hudson have been appointed magistrates of the Local Court of NSW.

“I congratulate Mr Hayes and Mr Hudson on joining the judiciary and Magistrate Buscombe on his promotion to a higher court,” Ms Upton said.

“I wish each of them success and look forward to their further contributions to the NSW justice system.”

Magistrate Buscombe has 33 years of experience in the law, including six years as a judicial officer and 12 years as a barrister.

He was appointed an Acting Judge of the District Court in July 2015 and has been recently presiding at the Sydney West Trial Court.

In private practice, he appeared for government agencies and defendants including in many cases involving fraud and other white collar crimes. Earlier in his career, he held senior roles at the NSW Crime Commission and the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Hayes and Mr Hudson are both accredited specialists in criminal law and have appeared extensively in jurisdictions ranging from the Local Court to the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Mr Hayes has worked at Legal Aid NSW for 25 years, including nine years as Deputy Director of the organisation’s criminal division. He has also been a solicitor at a large Sydney law firm and advised the Crown Prosecution Service in the United Kingdom.

Mr Hudson has worked at a Sydney law firm for 13 years and has been a partner for the past six years. He has appeared in the High Court and been involved in coronial inquests in NSW and matters before the NSW and Australian Crime Commissions.

Judicial swearing in ceremonies will be held for Magistrate Buscombe, Mr Hayes and Mr Hudson shortly.