News

Senior Lismore prosecutor made a judge of District Court

MOVING ONTO THE BENCH: Julia Baly SC has been appointed a Judge of the District Court of NSW.
MOVING ONTO THE BENCH: Julia Baly SC has been appointed a Judge of the District Court of NSW. Cathy Adams

A SENIOR Lismore prosecutor who worked for the United Nations and prosecuted crimes in Bosnia will be appointed a NSW District Court Judge.

After graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws, a Masters in Public International Law and a Bachelor of Arts, Julia Baly was admitted as a solicitor in 1987 and as a barrister in 1995.

Her first role was with the Aboriginal Legal Service, where she instructed counsel in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1988.

Straight out of law school, Ms Baly said she encountered a steep learning curve as an ALS solicitor in Grafton.

"I made lifelong connections there and I am still in touch with some of my former ALS colleagues," Ms Baly said.

From there she went to Europe and worked as a trial attorney with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia.

"The work for the United Nations was very rewarding because I got to prosecute big international cases and war crimes including genocide."

When she returned to Australia, Ms Baly worked as a prosecutor for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, before taking leave to work on prosecuting war crimes.

In 2005, in the Bosnian State Court in Sarajevo, Ms Baly prosecuted crimes committed during the Bosnian conflict.

In 2008, Ms Baly was part of a team of prosecutors in the case against Liberian president Charles Taylor, who was jailed for 50 years for sponsoring atrocities in the Sierra Leone civil war.

"All of the jobs that I have had have led to enhanced skills as an advocate and prosecutor."

For the past 12 years, Ms Baly has been a DPP Crown Prosecutor, more recently based in Lismore in the role of Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor for country NSW.

Prosecuting cases including murders and rapes has taken its toll over the years, but Ms Baly said having supportive colleagues to chat with helped her cope with grief.

Ms Baly will be sworn in as a District Court judge on Monday, at Sydney's John Maddison Tower.

Topics:  law



Super school parking plan will cause chaos: Councillor warns

An artist's impression of the new Ballina high school.

Traffic congestion imminent in Ballina CBD if changes aren't made

WATCH: Extreme idiocy on Lismore roads

This P plater was caught on dashcam going at ridiculous speeds.

Not once but twice, an L-plater had to endure shocking driving

GALLERY: Retired truckie gutted by damage to retro van

Tony Baker is calling for public help in identifying the vandals who destroyed his van.

"A little bit of pride in your town doesn't go astray"

Local Partners

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

AN IRATE Steve Price has threatened to quit I'm A Celebrity after a series of drama-filled clashes with Keira Maguire.

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

Julie trumpets her career in music

MAKE SOME NOISE: Julie Payne played trumpet in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for 27 years and is retiring. She grew up in Casino.

"She has the potential to become a first-class instrumentalist.”

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Proposed $21 million airpark in holding pattern

A front view of the proposed new aviation museum at Evans Head.

Late businessman's dream on hold ... for now

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!