this week as the new permanent
magistrate for Kalgoorlie.
Mr Sharratt has been resident magistrate
at South Hedland since November 2001.
There he initiated the Circle Court, whereby
a magistrate sits off the bench with
Aboriginal community elders, to determine
sentences for Aboriginal offenders who
plead guilty to minor offences and are prepared to accept
responsibility for their crime.
This court, aimed at breaking the cycle of re-offending by
Aboriginal community members, is to commence soon at the
Prior to his appointment as a magistrate, Mr Sharratt had
extensive experience working as a lawyer in rural and remote
areas, including the Murchison and Gascoyne regions.
He also worked for many years with both Edith Cowan and
Murdoch Universities, tutoring Justices of the Peace in criminal
law and procedure.
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