Attorney General John Quigley has today announced the appointment of Brionie (Brie) Ayling as a magistrate of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia.
Brie completed a Bachelor of Laws in 2000 and worked as Associate to the Hon Justice Len Roberts-Smith QC RFD at the Supreme Court of Western Australia. In 2003, she joined Legal Aid WA as an Articled Clerk. Following her admission, she was promoted to a solicitor in the Client Services Division from 2003 to 2004.
In 2004, Brie was seconded to instruct the Parliamentary Draftsman of the Criminal Procedure Bill 2003, which became the Criminal Procedure Act 2004 (WA).
Whilst at Legal Aid WA, Brie has appeared as counsel in jury trials, appeared as duty counsel in the Magistrates Court, presented pleas in mitigation in all jurisdictions and conducted advocacy training for graduates of the College of Laws. She also instructed counsel on appeals against criminal convictions, appeared as junior counsel on appeals against conviction and appeared in the Supreme Court on indictable charges.
Brie has made valuable contributions to Legal Aid WA, having worked at the Commission for nearly 15 years since her admission. She has taken on senior positions, including as Solicitor-in-Charge of our South Hedland office and acting as Director of the Criminal Law Division at different times.
In 2007, Brie was the winner of the Hodge Award presented by the Criminal Lawyers Association of WA to a junior practitioner who has contributed in a special way to practice of criminal law in WA.
Brie will commence as a regional magistrate from 26 March 2018.
The Legal Aid Commission expresses its thanks to Brie for her service to Legal Aid WA and joins the Attorney General in wishing her every success in her new role.