(QldGovSpin) Mareeba solicitor appointed Magistrate

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 27/08/2004 - 02:39

Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Rod Welford, today announced the appointment of a new Queensland Magistrate.

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Attorney-General & Justice, Rod Welford
justice@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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26/08/04

Mareeba solicitor Thomas Braes will take up his appointment in October.

Mr Welford said Mr Braes was an outstanding member of the far north Queensland community with extensive experience as a solicitor.

"Thomas Braes has worked as a solicitor for 22 years and has worked in many diverse regional centres including Townsville, Atherton and Weipa," Mr Welford said.

"For the past 16 years, he has devoted his time to a busy practice in Mareeba providing legal advice to a wide range of clients on many diverse matters.

"Prior to that, Mr Braes worked in private practice in Townsville and Charters Towers, extending his services to clients in Hughenden, Richmond and Julia Creek.

"He has also worked in the Crown Prosecutor's Office in Townsville."

Mr Braes has been prominent in his local community, having been involved with the Mareeba District Chamber of Commerce and many local charities.

"While managing a very busy private practice, Mr Braes has found the time to give an enormous amount of time to the community," Mr Welford said.

"He has taken leadership roles with community bodies ranging from the Charters Towers Country Music Association to the Mareeba Wetland Foundation.

"Mr Braes has also done a lot of pro bono work acting as honorary solicitor to numerous community organisations.

"This broad community experience, coupled with his skill as a legal practitioner, will make him a great asset to the bench."

Contact: Greg Milne on 32393478 or 0417791336

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