Urfa Masood of Sri Lankan background is the first Muslim woman magistrate appointed in Australia. 

Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula last week announced her appointment to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

“Ms Masood has extensive experience in criminal law, child protection and family law, as well as with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, which will prove invaluable in her role as a magistrate,” Martin Pakula said.

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Ms Masood has worked for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Australian Tax Office.

She lecturers at the College of Law, teaching advocacy.

She has also worked cases in the Magistrates’ County, Children’s, Family and Federal Courts.

Annette Vickery, deputy chief executive of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, said it was important to have magistrates with an understanding of the issues facing Aboriginal communities.

“The Aboriginal Legal Service has long been recognised as a development ground for exceptional legal talent and we congratulate one of our previous staff members on her appointment to the bench,” she said.

She has brought to the role extensive experience in criminal and family law and is the face of diversity on the Victorian bench.