The swearing in of new Magistrate Simon Young (left) by Chief Magistrate Tim Carmody (right) at Brisbane Magistrates court.
The swearing in of new Magistrate Simon Young (left) by Chief Magistrate Tim Carmody (right) at Brisbane Magistrates court. Annette Dew

Hard yards expected to serve new magistrate well

THE time Simon Young spent working as a solicitor across regional Queensland should hold the new magistrate in good stead for his new role, his peers have heard.

The Gympie solicitor, who has also practised in Gatton and on the Sunshine Coast across a broad range of legal disciplines, received humbling praise when he was sworn into his new role at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The court heard he was a Gympie Chamber of Commerce president, Cooloola Christian College director and played other important roles in the Gympie community while running a law firm.

Despite qualifying as a barrister, Mr Young has predominantly worked as a solicitor in the magistrates court he will preside over.

He has begun his appointment in Caboolture but will move to Kingaroy this year.

"A willingness to play a role in the local community shows a willingness to understand how the community thinks - a useful attribute for the holder of a judicial office," Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said.

"Your honour brings a breath of experience to this office and I'm confident your elevation to the bench will benefit the entire Queensland judicial system."

Mr Young said he already had a taste of "the vicissitudes of this job" and he suspected worse was to come.

"I have been encouraged by the calibre of men and women already in the role and within in the magistrates court office," he said.

"If I am to be counted among their number then I could not wish for better examples.

"I'm conscious of being chosen to join a judiciary and exemplary service to the people of Queensland and it is my full intention to commit to continuing the high standards of those who hold and held this position before me."

Shane Doyle, from the Queensland Bar Association, said Mr Young had been described as diligent, hard-working and skilful.

"Your new role is an important one. It is as you know a serious thing to sit in judgment on your fellow citizens," he said.

Queensland Law Society president Ian Brown said Mr Young's "breadth of legal and real world experience" would not doubt assist him in his new role.

"We're fortunate to have two highly qualified and respected legal practitioners joining the ranks of the magistry and who will be serving regional Queensland communities," he said.

"The importance of the magistrates court to the justice system in Queensland can not be overstated - it is the busiest jurisdiction."

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