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Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced the appointments to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria earlier this month.
The new appointees to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria includes Raj Malhotra.
He completed his law degree at the University of Western Australia and started practicing in 1997.
He has worked at the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions in Western Australia and also as a Senior Prosecutor at the Environment Agency in the UK.
Raj Malhotra was the Manager of Prosecutions and Investigations at the Department of Transport in Victoria.
He has also been a member of the Adult Parole Board since 2013.
Raj Malhotra has previously worked as General Counsel and as a Director of Regulatory Services for the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.
A 2005 study by the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) found that Asian Australians only accounted for around 0.8% of the judiciary.
This was despite accounting for around 9.6% of Australia's population.
Raj Malhotra has been active in teaching and research at the RMIT University’s The Centre for Innovative Justice.
The Attorney-General Martin Pakula says “Ms Dwyer, Mr Burns, Mr Malhotra and Ms McCarthy have extensive experience and skills in the legal field and they are welcome additions to the Magistrates’ Court.”
Raj Malhotra is the second Indian-origin Magistrate in Victoria.
Molina Swarup Asthana is on the Commitee of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association.
An advocate of community issues, she is also the first Indian-born board member of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).
Molina Swarup Asthana says "It's a very proud moment for us Indians to see this cultural diversity in the legal profession."
"We have been working on this diversity issue in the legal profession through the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and this is a step towards piercing the 'bamboo ceiling.' A very welcome step indeed," she adds.