MAGISTRATE Joy Boulos will start presiding over Moama Local Court next month.
And the former solicitor and judicial officer is looking forward to the challenge.
Ms Boulos will be presiding over the Griffith circuit, which also includes local courts in Griffith, Deniliquin, Leeton and Hay.
‘‘The local court deals with around 95 per cent of cases to conclusion and I am anticipating I will have a significant workload on the Griffith circuit,’’ she said.
‘‘This is something to which I am accustomed having worked at high volume courts in Sydney.’’
Ms Boulos joined the bench in May last year, starting her judicial career at the Sydney Downing Centre before transferring to Burwood in Sydney’s inner west.
Ms Boulos began her career in 1994 in Legal Aid’s civil litigation unit, where she worked for six years, specialising in consumer protection law, victim compensation, housing and tenancy and human rights.
She also holds a Bachelor of Law and Economics from Macquarie University.
Ms Boulos worked at Legal Aid for 23 years before becoming a judicial officer.
In 2000, Ms Boulos represented the family of Peter Dalamangas at an inquest into the death of the 23-year-old following his restraint by private security officers in Sydney.
Her work at the inquest was recognised at the inaugural Law Society of NSW Excellence in Government Awards, where she was runner-up in the legal services category.
For the past eight years at Legal Aid, she was a senior managing solicitor, overseeing complex criminal matters and a team of 20 solicitors.
Ms Boulos will begin her new role on April 3.
‘‘I am looking forward to the opportunity of living and working in a vibrant regional community,’’ she said.
‘‘The role of a magistrate is challenging and rewarding. The people who come before us range from habitual offenders to people who made a one-off mistake and will never return to court. It is rewarding when offenders turn their lives around after coming before us.’’
The Riv questioned her about the area’s drug and crime issues, but she said it would be inappropriate to provide personal views on any particular type of crime.
‘‘My role is to apply the law fairly and justly,’’ she said.