Sharratt moves to Kalgoorlie

Stephen Sharratt commenced his duties

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

Yandeyarra Community.

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.

Mr Sharratts appointment follows the resignation of David Imlah.

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