Bleijie appoints husband of former advisor as magistrate
THE husband of Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie's former media advisor has been named as one of the state's newest magistrates.
Aaron Simpson, who was called to the bar 14 years ago, was one of three new magistrates named by Mr Bleijie on Thursday to take up positions in regional Queensland
Last night, a spokesman for Mr Bleijie said Mr Simpson was imminently qualified for the role, Fairfax reported.
"Mr Simpson's CV speaks for itself and the Bar Association strongly supports his appointment," he said in a statement.
In November last year, Mr Bleijie named his former chief of staff Ryan Haddrick, who had been called to the bar two years earlier, as one of four counsel assisting the child protection inquiry he had established.
Earlier, Mr Bleijie welcomed the appointments today of Steven Mosch, Simon Young and Aaron Simpson.
"These three additions to the magistrates ranks are well respected in their fields and will bring a wealth of diverse experience to their respective court rooms," he said.
"Gympie solicitor Simon Young will also begin his appointment close to home, in Caboolture, before moving to Kingaroy next year.
"Aaron Simpson is a barrister who has served as both a prosecutor and defence counsel and will begin his appointment in Ipswich before moving to Bundaberg next year.
"Townsville solicitor Steven Mosch will serve as a magistrate in his home city."
Mr Bleijie said the appointments fill existing vacancies and follow extensive consultation with the Chief Magistrate and the legal fraternity.
"It is vitally important that Queenslanders have access to justice, wherever they live in this state."
Mr Bleijie also congratulated Justice Glenn Martin who began his new role as Industrial Court president this week.