1 . Qualifications for appointment
(1) A person is
qualified to be appointed under clause 2 as the Chief Assessor or as an
Assessor if the person is an Australian lawyer and has had at least 8
years’ legal experience.
(2) In subclause (1)
Australian lawyer has the meaning given in the
Legal Profession Act 2008 section 3;
legal experience means —
standing and practice as a legal practitioner; or
judicial service (including service as a judge of a court, a magistrate or
other judicial officer) in the State or elsewhere in a common law
combination of both kinds of legal experience mentioned in paragraphs (a) and
[Clause 1 inserted: No. 21 of 2008 s. 655(4).]
2 . Appointment
(1) The Governor may
appoint a person who is qualified under clause 1 as the Chief Assessor of
Criminal Injuries Compensation.
(2) The Governor may
appoint a person who is qualified under clause 1 as an Assessor of Criminal
(3) The Governor may
appoint as many persons under subclause (2) as are needed to deal with
compensation applications in accordance with this Act.
3 . Conditions of appointment
(1) The term of an
assessor’s appointment must not exceed 5 years.
(2) A person may be
re-appointed as an assessor.
(3) An assessor may be
appointed to work full time or other than full time.
(4) An assessor is
entitled to such remuneration (as defined in the
Salaries and Allowances Act 1975 ) and allowances as are determined from time
to time by the Governor on the recommendation of the Public Sector
[Clause 3 amended: No. 39 of 2010 s. 89.]
4 . Oath of office
Before beginning to
perform the duties of his or her office, an assessor must take an oath, before
a judge of the Supreme Court, that he or she will faithfully and impartially
perform the duties.
5 . Termination and resignation
(1) The Governor may
terminate an assessor’s appointment if satisfied the assessor —
incapable of properly performing the duties of an assessor; or
shown himself or herself to be incompetent to properly perform, or has
neglected, those duties; or
been guilty of misconduct.
(2) An assessor may
resign from office at any time by notifying the Governor in writing.