Magistrate is moving on from the South Burnett
MAKE a good first impression and try not to argue legal points you do not understand.
That is the advice Magistrate Simon Young gives to anyone facing court as he served his last day in the South Burnett.
Mr Young has served as magistrate for courts in Kingaroy, Nanango, Murgon, Cherbourg and Toogoolowah since last year.
He learnt in the last few months that his time in the South Burnett would be cut short, and he would finish up in December.
From January he will be magistrate for the courts in the Bowen circuit in central Queensland. Mr Young was disappointed to leave the South Burnett, and said he would leave with fond memories of the community.
"I'm leaving here thinking I could have and probably would have liked to have spent more time in the community here," Mr Young said.
Although it was common for magistrates to be moved on from a court circuit to ensure they didn't become too familiar with defendants, he said it was unusual to be moved on in less than two years.
In his time in the South Burnett he made headlines for his standards on dress in the court, and refused to hear a number of cases until defendants were better attired.
"I think people misunderstand - it's not about the quality of the dress but the attitude that attends it," he said.
"I've got about 10 seconds to make a first impression of somebody when they come to court, and what people forget is I'm paid to be judgemental."
A successor has not been announced, although Barry Barrett will act as magistrate in the interim.