Senior lawyers appointed to Magistrates Court

Two experienced lawyers with a combined 55 years in the profession have been appointed to the Magistrates Court in South Australia.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said Michael Fotheringham and Karim Soetratma have had considerable experience in South Australia’s legal system, and would make excellent additions to the Magistrates Court.

“Michael Fotheringham has been practising civil litigation for 25 years,” Attorney-General Chapman said.

“In that time, he’s been involved in coronial inquests, workplace safety prosecutions, commercial litigation, defamation claims and insurance law.

“Karim Soetratma was admitted in 1990, and has practised within the Office of the Director of Prosecutions, the Crown Solicitor’s Office and the office of the previous Attorney-General.

“In that time, he has prosecuted numerous jury trials and appeals, managed warrant applications on behalf of South Australia Police, worked on the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption and conducted proceedings involving High Risk Offenders.

“These are two exceptionally qualified candidates and I am confident they will make a significant contribution to the Magistrates Court.”

Mr Fotheringham will take up his position on June 4, with Mr Soetratma starting on June 15.