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A new residence will be built or purchased to accommodate a new magistrate at Broken Hill in NSW’s far west, alleviating fears the region’s permanent magistrate was to be replaced by a fly-in, fly-out judge.

Law Society President Doug Humphreys has commended Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson for listening to the specific needs of the community and thanks the President of the Far West Law Society, Rachel Storey, for her “tireless efforts on this campaign”. “Like many courts in regional and rural areas, the Broken Hill Local Court is crying out for more resources to ease the burden of excessive workloads and delays,” Humphreys said. 

“The court deals with some of the most disadvantaged people in the state including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and women and children seeking help to escape family violence. Legal Aid and the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) are overwhelmed with requests for assistance.”