Today’s appointment of Tim Gattuso as a Magistrate was warmly welcomed by the Law Institute of Victoria.
LIV President Katie Miller said Mr Gattuso has extensive experience in the criminal law area and a long history of pro bono work.
“Tim has devoted time over many years to try and improve access to justice, particularly for those facing criminal charges who need legal aid,” Ms Miller said.
“As well as running a busy criminal law practice, he has also been a huge contributor to law reform through submissions, committees and advocacy work.
“Tim has been one of the most active and passionate members of the LIV’s Criminal Law Section Executive, which he chaired for three years.
“This was recognized in 2011 when Tim was awarded an LIV Certificate of Service for his outstanding contribution to the LIV and the justice system more broadly,” Ms Miller said.
Tim Gattuso was part of the team which acted for the LIV pro bono when it appeared as amicus curiae in a recent Court of Appeal sentencing hearing on a Negligently Causing Serious Injury matter.
He also chaired an LIV/Victorian Bar Legal Aid Taskforce for three years and sits on several external groups including the Summary Procedure Steering Group; Victorian Custody Reference Group; Summary Case Conferencing Advisory Group and the Criminal Court User Group.
Tim Gattuso’s appointment follows the retirement of Deputy Chief Magistrate Robert Kumar.
Ms Miller said Mr Kumar had been an outstanding and highly respected magistrate and she particularly noted his innovative work at Broadmeadows Magistrates Court.