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Many other matters are being processed. For

instance, a scheme of proposals for a completely

revised civil procedure in the Courts of Petty Sessions

had been prepared and would be distributed to Judges,

Magistrates and legal professional bodies for comment

this week.

The spokesman said the Department would be

examining further the workload of the Court of Petty

Sessions and the Courts office.

Canberra

16 October 1978

57/78

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FEDERAL COURT APPOINTMENT

The Attorney-General, Senator Peter Durack,

Q.C., today announced the appointment of a Sydney

Queen's Counsel to the Federal Court of Australia.

He is Mr John Stanley Lockhart, 43, of

Gordon..

The appointment will take effect from Monday.

The Attorney-General said that Mr Lockhart

had been prominent in the New South Wales Bar

Association and had been its secretary and treasurer.

From 1974 he had been a. member of the

Committee of Inquiry into Legal Education in N.S.W.

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He was also the legal member of the N.S.W.

Public Accountants' Registration Board,and the N.S.W.

Companies' Auditors Board from 1974. .

Mr Lockhart, who obtained a B.A. and a LL.B

from Sydney University was admitted to the N.S.W. Bar

in 1960. He was a member of the Bar Council from

1961-65 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1973.

He was commissioned in the CMF in 1956 and

holds the rank of Captain.

The Attorney-General said that Mr Lockhart

was also a director of the Community Theatre Co. Ltd. ,

from 1969 and its chairman from 1973 to 1976. He was

also a trustee of Sydney Grammar School. ,

He is married with one son and three

daughters. .

Canberra

26 October 1978

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, LEGAL AID BACKLOG ELIMINATED ■

The Attorney-General, Senator Peter Durack,

Q.C., said today he had taken steps to eliminate

backlog in legal aid cases, which had accumulated in

recent months.

He said a situation had arisen in which some

delay had been necessary between the time when

eligibility for particular matters had been established

and the reference of those matters to solicitors in

private practice.