This is the second of a two-part special with former magistrate, Michael Holmes OAM. After 17 years of service, Michael is the very recently-retried magistrate of the local court circuits in the New England area of northern New South Wales.

In this second instalment, Michael speaks about his career after his return to Australian in the late 1990s. Michael and Patrick talk about what the role of a magistrate entails, as well as the specifics of administering justice in the Australian justice. As part of his role, Michael also exercised coroner’s jurisdiction. 

We end the episode with Michael’s advice to aspiring lawyers and public servants hoping to work in the Australian bush.


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Patrick Graham, Lecturer UNE Law School