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post Mar 13 2009, 10:47 PM
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Brian O’Neal Court Judge Perth

Attorney General Christian Porter announced the appointment of Mr Patrick Brian O’Neal as a Judge of the District Court. Mr O’Neal will take up his appointment in Perth from April 20, 2009, replacing Judge Michael O’Sullivan QC who recently announced his retirement. “Mr O’Neal’s practice has included a wide variety of civil, administrative and criminal matters, which has seen him appear at every level of the court system in Western Australia, from the Warden’s Court, the Coroner’s Court and the State Administrative Tribunal through to the District and Supreme Courts,” Mr Porter said. “He has vast experience in commercial, construction and engineering arbitrations and litigation, together with professional indemnity issues.”

Mr O’Neal grew up and attended school in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Arts degree majoring in political science before entering Law School. He completed his law degree in 1979 and was selected as one of six Law Clerks attached to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Mr O’Neal was admitted to practice in 1981. In 1983, he started the Vancouver law firm Rilkoff & O’Neal, handling both civil and criminal defence work as a trial lawyer. During this period, he was also the editor of a legal advice service run by the Canadian Bar Association.

In 1991, Mr O’Neal moved to Perth where, following his admission as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1992, he gained employment with the law firm Sly & Weigall in Perth. He became a partner of that firm in 1993 and practised as the firm’s in-house counsel until 1998, when he left to join the Independent Bar.

Mr O’Neal has served as a Commissioner of the District Court on two occasions during 2007 and 2008 and is currently a panel member of the Professional Standards Committee of the Medical Board of WA. “Mr O’Neal should also be commended for his active memberships on committees of the Law Society since his arrival in Western Australia,” the Attorney General said. “He has developed, organised and presented numerous advocacy training programs, for the Society, the WA Bar Association and the universities in Perth.


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post Jun 19 2009, 03:52 PM
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New judge for the Supreme Court of Western Australia
Attorney General Christian Porter today announced the appointment of Mr Stephen David Hall SC as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Mr Hall will commence his position on July 6, replacing the Hon. Justice Anthony Templeman, who retired from the court on June 5, 2009. Judge Hall has an extensive background in cases involving complex crime, insolvency, revenue, coronial inquiries, disciplinary tribunals and administrative law matters. “He has appeared in the superior courts in most States of Australia, as well as the High Court, and has appeared as counsel assisting in the Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia on a number of matters, including the Smith’s Beach inquiry and the inquiry into lobbying. “He has also appeared as the counsel assisting in the Finance Brokers Royal Commission and the Royal Commission into whether there had been corrupt or criminal conduct by any WA police officer.” Mr Hall graduated from The University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in 1983 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1984. In 1987, he also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree. He gained Articles at Lohrmann, Tindal & Guthrie, where he worked for two years in the area of conveyancing, probate and commercial litigation. In 1986, Mr Hall joined the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Major Fraud Branch, specialising in prosecuting tax fraud cases. He later moved into general prosecutions in drug, fraud and migration related matters before being appointed senior assistant director of the Commercial Prosecutions Branch, a position he held until resigning in 1999. Mr Hall then joined the Independent Bar in Perth, practicing from Francis Burt Chambers. He was appointed as Senior Counsel in 2003. In 2005, Mr Hall entered into a two-year non-exclusive retainer agreement with the Commonwealth DPP, followed by a further two-year period. Mr Hall is an active member of the Law Society of WA, serving on several of its committees,” the Attorney General said. He is also a member of the WA Bar Association and the Legal Practice Board and should be commended on his continuing education of young lawyers in Perth

Attorney General's office in Perth - 9220 5050


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