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​Extra Magistrate for the Central Coast

Issued: Friday, 10 March 2017

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The two busiest courthouses on the Central Coast have received a boost with an additional magistrate moving to the region, Attorney General Mark Speakman and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald announced today.

Magistrate Peter Barnett, a former deputy senior Crown prosecutor appointed to the bench in 2013, has joined Magistrate Peter Feather at Wyong Local Court increasing the number of magistrates on the Central Coast from three to four.

Magistrate David Day, who had alternated his sittings between Wyong, Gosford and Newcastle, is now sitting full time at Gosford Local Court alongside Magistrate Bruce Williams.

“Two full time magistrates at each court will improve access to justice and deliver faster case outcomes,” Mr Speakman said.

“When courts deal with matters efficiently it reduces stress and uncertainty for victims of crime and enables witnesses to give evidence while it’s fresh in their minds.”

The NSW Government has appointed 11 new magistrates, who will all join the bench by mid-2017.

The Chief Magistrate of the Local Court, Judge Graeme Henson, determines sitting arrangements, taking into account workloads and the needs of each location.

“The arrival of Magistrate Barnett is a win for the Central Coast. More than 11,000 local court criminal cases were dealt with in total at Gosford and Wyong in 2015 and the workload is likely to remain significant as the population grows,” said Mr MacDonald.

Woy Woy Courthouse is sitting as a Children’s Court 17 days a month, while Wyong Courthouse will hear Children’s Court matters one day a month.​