ACT Magistrates Court – Appointment of Special Magistrates


The ACT Attorney-General has announced the re-appointment of special magistrates Maria Doogan and Kenneth Cush and the appointment of two new special magistrates, Margaret Hunter OAM and Dominic Mulligan, to the ACT Magistrates Court.  The special magistrates will concurrently serve as ACT coroners.

Magistrate Doogan

Magistrate Doogan is a special magistrate of the ACT and has held a number of judicial positions including magistrate and coroner of the ACT and as presidential member of the Mental Health Tribunal, the Health Professionals Tribunal, Guardianship and Management of Property Tribunal, Discrimination Tribunal and the Tenancy Tribunal.

Magistrate Cush

Magistrate Cush is currently a special magistrate and previously served as a special magistrate of the ACT from 2008 to 2010.  Prior to establishing Ken Cush and Associates in the ACT in 1997, he practised as a solicitor and was a partner and managing partner of Macphillamy, Cummins and Gibson.

Magistrate Hunger

Ms Hunter comes to the role of special magistrate with extensive experience as senior crown prosecutor of the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions and counsel assisting the coroner.

Magistrate Mulligan

Mr Mulligan has enjoyed a distinguished legal career, having served as temporary coroner in Western Australia and as a practising barrister and solicitor of DH Mulligan.


All appointments are for a three year period.




Blog prepared by by:
Claire Naidu & Co, Lawyers and Mediators (Gungahlin Family Lawyers and Canberra Family Lawyers)