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Court work reform initiative reaches milestone with appointment of Official Solicitor Posted: Wednesday 9 March 2016

The court work reform initiative has reached a significant milestone with the recent appointment of Ms Tracey de Simone to the position of Official Solicitor in the new Office of the Child and Family Official Solicitor (OCFOS).

The establishment of OCFOS represents the beginning of a change to the way the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services undertakes court work relating to child protection matters.  

Ms de Simone, who takes up the role on 29 March, will lead the implementation of the court work reforms and the OCFOS team, whose members will be located across the state. Ms de Simone joins the department after extensive legal experience in Legal Aid Queensland and Women’s Legal Aid as well as strategic policy experience in Legal Aid Queensland and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.  

Ms de Simone was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1997 and registered as a Solicitor in the High Court of Australia in 1998.

Ms de Simone will work with the existing Court Work Reform Project Board, project team and current Court Coordinators and Court Services staff to support their child protection work into the future, and to ensure effective ongoing working relationships with the new Office of the Director of Child Protection Litigation, which is being created within the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

Recruitment is also underway for the position of Director within the OCFOS, as well as a number of positions within the Office of the Director of Child Protection Litigation.

Both offices are scheduled to commence operating on 1 July 2016.

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