The County Court warmly welcomes the appointment of Magistrate Jack Vandersteen as the next president of the Children’s Court and as a judge of the County Court.
Mr Vandersteen has served as a magistrate for the past 11 years. During this time, he fast-tracked family violence matters and overhauled listing practices as Regional Co-ordinating Magistrate for the Dandenong Region. These reforms led to a significant reduction in delays and pending cases in both the Magistrates’ and Children’s Court – reducing recidivism by offenders and improving timely access to justice for the community.
Prior to becoming a magistrate, Mr Vandersteen was a solicitor and manager at the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) working in a variety of areas, including the Advocacy Unit, Drug Section and General Prosecutions. He also established and managed the Specialist Sexual Offence Unit while at the OPP, and was a lecturer for several years in subjects such as state and federal criminal law at the Australian Institute of Public Safety.
Mr Vandersteen commences his new role on 1 January 2021.