23 December, 2022
Magistrate farewells Mossman courtroom
AFTER 17 years of working in the Mossman Court, magistrate Tom Braes OAM was farewelled and thanked for his service at a luncheon with the local justice group, prosecutors, lawyers and solicitors.
Born in Mossman, Mr Braes has always had a deep connection with the community and has found great pleasure working in the town’s court.
But after 17 years, the Mossman court will be added into the Cairns circuit due to the increase in workload. This means Mossman has been removed from Mr Braes’ circuit but he will remain as a magistrate in Mareeba.
“I’ve enjoyed going there over the last 17 years and working with the justice group there – the work they do is very effective not only in the court,” he said.
“It has been a pleasurable place to work because of the assistance you get from the lawyers, the justice group and the whole court staff.”
Mr Braes said the surprise luncheon held for him was “humbling” and that he will truly miss the Mossman court.