Regional lawyer appointed Magistrate

A Port Lincoln-based lawyer with three decades of experience in the sector has been appointed to the Magistrates Court.

Attorney General Vickie Chapman said Mr Mark Semmens’ experience with the justice system dates back to 1987 when he joined SA Police.  Mr Semmens has a breadth of experience that will prove a tremendous asset to the Magistrates Court.

“Having worked as a legal practitioner in a regional area, Mr Semmens has practised across a broad range of legal areas for a diverse group of clients,” Ms Chapman said.

“Mr Semmens has practised in criminal law, dealt with estate planning, liquor licensing matters, industrial law, and WorkCover claims.

“As both a police prosecutor and a solicitor, Mr Semmens has had extensive experience in matters heard by the Magistrates Court, and a clear understanding of the practices and procedures as they apply to that court.”

Attorney General Chapman congratulated Mr Semmens on his appointment.

“I look forward to his contribution to the Magistrates Court in the coming years.”