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Senator, Durack said the basis of the Federal

Government's contribution to State Legal Aid Commissions was

to maintain at least the same level of service as that provided formerly by- the Australian Legal Aid Office in

Federal matters.

He said that although the level of Federal funding differed from State to State, the discrepancy in South Australia was such that it needed to be rectified.

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RESIGNATION OF CHIEF MAGISTRATE

The Attorney-General, Senator Peter Durack, Q.C.,

today announced the resignation of the Chief Stipendiary Magistrate of the Australian Capital Territory, Mr Charles Kilduff.

Senator Durack said Mr Kilduff had resigned his position in order to take up private practice in New South Wales. Mr Kilduff ceases duty today.

The Attorney-General said Mr Kilduff, the first Chief Magistrate of the Australian Capital Territory, had made a significant contribution to the administration of Justice in Canberra since his appointment in 1974.

During his term of office, magistrates had obtained independence from the public service and had become

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statutory officers. New procedures had also been introduced to make the workings of the Courts of Petty Sessions more

effective.

Senator Durack said that the position of Chief

Magistrate would be advertised nationally. Until a new Chief Magistrate was appointed, Mr Kevin Dobson S.M., would act in the position.

Canberra

14 March 1980

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NEW COURT FEES IN A.C.T.

The Attorney-General, Senator Peter Durack, Q.C., said today that from next month, fees would be changed for instituting proceedings in courts in the Australian Capital Terri tory.

Senator Durack said the fees would bring the courts in the Territory into line with the other Federal Courts, including the Family Court and with most courts in the States. ■

The new fees include:

. a $90.00 filing fee for proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court

. a $10.00 fee for actions in the Court of

Petty Sessions