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(generated from captions) Queensland's former chief magistrate Di Fingleton has today had her conviction for retaliating against a witness quashed. The High Court ruled she was immune from conviction and should never have been tried. Ms Fingleton says she now wants her job back. Queensland's Attorney-General says that won't be possible, but she may be eligible for a non-gratia payment. From Brisbane, here's Kirrin McKechnie. A relieved Di Fingleton fronted the media this afternoon, delighted by the decision. I'm very relieved that justice has now been done. It has been a long time coming. Earlier, family who gathered to hear the High Court ruling broke down in tears. I just can't put it into words, I'm sorry.

Di Fingleton was sentenced to a year's jail in 2003 for threatening to retaliate against a witness. The Court of Appeal later reduced her sentence to six months. But today, six High Court judges quashed that conviction. They found: She's been totally exonerated by the High Court. She has, as you all know, always maintained her innocence. The ruling was also critical of the sentencing judge, with one High Court Justice stating: Ms Fingleton is keen to make up for lost time. I was in jail for six months and I lost my career. I now want to talk to the Attorney-General about getting my job back. I believe I still have a lot to offer the people of Queensland.

It's not practically possible, in my view, for Di Fingleton to be reappointed as Chief Magistrate. The State Opposition says the case is an indictment on Queensland's legal system.

Well, this certainly is a debacle, I mean, what we've seen in Queensland over the last couple of years under the Beattie Labor Government is the wrongful conviction of one, Pauline Hanson, and two, Di Fingleton. It is understandable that some people may feel that the legal system is flawed because of the history of this matter. But the thing we need to remember is that ultimately, the criminal justice system has prevailed in delivering justice. But Rod Welford says he has complete faith in the Director of Public Prosecutions. Di Fingleton did not indicate today whether she'll be seeking compensation.

The Attorney General says it's too early to determine

whether she's entitled to an ex gratia payment, but he will get Crown Law advice.

He expects to talk to Ms Fingleton in the next couple of days. Kirrin McKechnie, Lateline. When police raided this house in Melbourne's northern suburbs Federal Police say it's too early to say whether there'll be any arrests after a series of raids in Melbourne yesterday.