On Wednesday 13th September 2023, I found myself in the Supreme Court of Western Australia appealing yet another decision made in the Albany Magistrates Court by Magistrate Dianne Scaddan. The essence of my Supreme Court appeal was that the forementioned Magistrate disregarded a medical certificate and an application for a video link in favour of a summary conviction in my absence. I was denied my right to a plea and a hearing. Justice Howard granted my appeal and awarded costs in my favour.

The irony is that Magistrate Dianne Scaddan was a former Industrial Magistrate with the Industrial Magistrates Court and in my case she disregarded a medical certificate ignoring a video link option putting me at risk. Her actions breached a myriad of corporate occupational health and safety legislation including but not limited to the Privacy Act 1988 and fair work Act 2009 (cwth).

Industrial Magistrates Court

The Industrial Magistrates Court of Western Australia is established pursuant to section 81 of the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA) and can deal with breaches of legislated minimum entitlements and industrial instruments (such as awards, industrial or enterprise agreements, and orders).

Claims can be made pursuant to:

Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA) including breaches of:

employee protection provisions set out in Part 6B, such as damaging action

the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 (WA)

the criminal prosecution jurisdiction

Long Service Leave Act 1958 (WA)

Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), including small claims under section 548

Orders of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission

In addition to its power under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA), the Court can hear certain matters pursuant to the Construction Industry Portable Paid Long Service Leave Act 1985 (WA) and the Children and Community Services Act 2004 (WA).


Appointment and Location of Magistrates as of January 2023

1 HEATH, Steven Alex Chief Magistrate Central Law Courts
2 WOODS, Elizabeth Adele (Libby) Deputy Chief Magistrate Law Courts
3 MALLEY, Steven Ross Rockingham
4 ROBERTS, Colin Douglas Joondalup
5 EDWARDS, Vivian Armadale
6 CAMPIONE Elaine Duncan Central Law Courts
7 CRAWFORD Catherine Patricia Central Law Courts
Children’s Court
8 POTTER Deen Broome
9 MIGNACCA-RANDAZZO Joe(Giuseppe) Central Law Courts
10 BENN Gregory Andrew Midland
11 YOUNG Robert David Central Law Courts
12 WATT Tanya Rochelle Central Law Courts
13 ZEMPILAS Felicity Kate Joondalup
14 TAVENER Kevin Michael Central Law Courts
15 HAWKINS Jennifer Amanda Central Law Courts
16 WEBB Donna Margaret Northam
17 HALL Thomas Russell Central Law Courts
18 ATKINS Leanne Judith Mandurah
19 MAUGHAN Andrew John Central Law Courts
20 SCADDAN Dianne Patricia Albany
21 HUSTON Richard Simon Central Law Courts
22 SCUTT Janelle Central Law Courts
23 LEMMON Nicholas John Fremantle
24 RIDLEY Michelle Kununurra
25 MAHON Brian Patrick Armadale
26 MILLINGTON Mark James Midland
27 SHACKLETON Evan Joondalup
28 DE MAIO Sandra Marie Central Law Courts
29 LONGDEN Anne Christine Rockingham
30 JOHNSTON Raelene Natasha Central Law Courts
31 HILLS-WRIGHT Adam Fremantle
32 WALTON Matthew John Central Law Courts
33 COLEMAN Belinda Leanne Central Law Courts
34 AYLING Brionie Annmarie Central Law Courts
35 DARGE Trevor Gordon Central Law Courts – Civil
36 WARD Lisa Francine Central Law Courts – Civil
37 CRAWFORD Martin Stanley Central Law Courts – Civil
38 DIAS Lynette Juliana Perth
39 KEANE Linda Jayne Rockingham
40 O’DONNELL Erin Louise Perth
41 CLEARY Genevieve Marie Perth
42 TYERS Benjamin Charles Bunbury
43 ANDRETICH Joanne Bunbury
44 MATTHEWS Andrew Edward Central Law Courts
45 MacLEAN Gavin Stuart Central Law Courts
46 WHITE Benjamin Michael Port Hedland
47 HARRIES Michelle Susan Bunbury
48 HOLGATE Matthew Alexander Kalgoorlie
49 OLIVER Sarah Jane Central Law Courts
50 STOCKDALE Cillian Yultun Karratha
51 HOCKTON David James Angus Geraldton
52 McPHEE Thomas William Central Law Courts 
53 WATSON Heidi Karen Carnarvon
54 OWEN-CONWAY Natasha Central Law Courts – Civil
55 GIBBS Janie Lee Sandra Kalgoorlie
56 SULLIVAN Anthony Doug Central Law Courts
57 THOMPSON Kelly Marie Central Law Courts