New President of Legal Aid Commission

The Government is pleased to announce former ACT Magistrate Karen Fryar as the new President of the Legal Aid Commission

Ms Fryar is a highly regarded legal professional having previously been appointed the ACT’s first female magistrate in 1993 and is also a member of the Order of Australia.

Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay said that Ms Fryar had a deep understanding of the Territory’s legal system and was a strong advocate for restorative justice measures.

“Ms Fryar has served the ACT Court and the Canberra community as a Magistrate and academic for more than 25 years,” Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay said.

“She has had an enduring impact on a wide spectrum of legal issues particularly in relation to family violence, children and young people.

“This experience will serve Ms Fryar well in her new capacity as the President of the ACT Legal Aid Commision and I look forward to her commencing her new role.”

Minister Ramsay also acknowledged the service of outgoing President of the Commission, former ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope.

“Legal Aid ACT provides significant and important legal services to Canberra’s most vulnerable people,” Minister Ramsay said.

“Mr Stanhope has served the Commission and the community with distinction throughout his tenure as President and I thank him for his service.”

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