On 24 December 2019, the Attorney General John Quigley announced the appointment of Ms Wendy Hughes on a permanent basis to the Children’s Court of Western Australia, to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Magistrate Tim Schwass. Ms Hughes was admitted to practice in March 2007 and worked at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia for a number of years. As a sole practitioner, she has been a sessional Arbitrator at WorkCover WA as well as being a Commissioner for the Liquor Commission. Ms Hughes has significant experience in a broad range of jurisdictions, particularly criminal law. She has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Western Australia. She will take up her appointment on 3 February 2020.
Ms Hughes was a valued committee member of the AALA WA Branch from October 2018 until December 2019, and the head of the Events subcommittee. AALA congratulates Ms Hughes on her appointment.