Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of State Solicitor Nicholas Egan PSM to the bench of the District Court.
Mr Egan has gained extensive experience over a 34-year legal career in major litigation and disputes, as well as in commercial law.
Having practiced in jurisdictions here and abroad, Mr Egan joined the State Solicitor’s Office in 2005.
He was promoted to Deputy State Solicitor (Commercial Section) in 2010 and was appointed State Solicitor in 2017.
As State Solicitor, Mr Egan was responsible for managing Western Australia’s largest legal practice and providing high-quality services to protect the State’s legal and commercial interests.
Mr Egan was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2021 and named on the Commonwealth COVID-19 Honour Roll for his outstanding work during the pandemic.
He was awarded the Australian Government Lawyer of the Year in 2009 by the Australian Corporate Lawyers’ Association.
Mr Egan will replace current District Court Judge and former State Solicitor, His Honour Judge Timothy Sharp, who will be retiring from the court.
The Director General of the Department of Justice has appointed Ms Angela Komninos as Acting State Solicitor, while a recruitment process is undertaken to fill the role.
As stated by Attorney General John Quigley:
“I congratulate Mr Egan on his appointment and welcome him as the newest Judge of the District Court.
“Mr Egan has worked tirelessly to assist the Government in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The success of that response has been in part due to the commitment of Mr Egan and the staff of the State Solicitor’s Office.
“I have no doubt that Mr Egan will continue to dedicate himself to the service of the people of Western Australia as a valued member of the judiciary.
“I also take this opportunity to thank retiring judge, His Honour Judge Timothy Sharp, for his service as a District Court Judge and for 10 years as Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal. I wish him well in his retirement.”