State’s first Judicial Registrar appointed

A senior civil litigator with over 20 years’ experience has been appointed as South Australia’s first Magistrates Court Judicial Registrar.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said Melanie Burton has extensive experience in all areas of civil law and procedure in all South Australian civil jurisdictions, including the oversight of long, complex litigation.

"Ms Burton is an experienced, knowledgeable litigator, and I’m confident she will bring these qualities to her new role in the Magistrates Court," Attorney-General Chapman said.

Ms Chapman said the appointment of a Judicial Registrar to the Magistrates Court would help sitting magistrates devote their time to more complex matters.

"By appointing experienced legal practitioners as Judicial Registrars, we’re giving the courts an alternative way of dealing with simple or high volume matters," Ms Chapman said.

"Allowing a Judicial Registrar to handle these matters will enable Magistrates to focus on the more complex or significant matters and will aid in the overall efficiency of the Court."

Ms Burton is due to begin her seven-year appointment in January next year.