Legal expert offers reassurance as advocates question High Court appointment of sex offender

Victim advocates are questioning the process that allowed a convicted sex offender to gain a position on the High Court.

In 2018, Adrian Dermer was jailed after he admitted to a sexual connection and violent charges with a 14-year-old when he was two months shy of 17.

Dermer has now been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court.

Criminal lawyer Steve Cullen says the Law Society has a comprehensive process when it comes to issuing the necessary certificate of character to practise law.

“That committee would call for a variety of reports, the onus would be on the applicant to satisfy the committee that the were fit and proper – I would think any committee member would have to have regards to the totality of the circumstances.”

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