The Statutory Functions of the Coroner
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Magistrate Mary Jerram, NSW State Coroner.
Magistrate Jerram was originally a secondary school teacher of English and Modern Languages. During her 10 years of teaching and mother of small children she studied law.
From 1980 to 1987, she was the Legal/Industrial Officer for the then 'Independent Teachers Association', the union for non-government schools and preschools. She appeared for teachers before the Industrial Commission and Commissioners in individual matters, and award and other applications. She was also delegate to both the Labor Council and the ACTU. During this time she completed the admission requirements through the sandwich course at the College of Law.
From 1987 Magistrate Jerram worked as a criminal solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission in the city and the suburbs. She was solicitor in charge of Central Court, and of the Leichhardt office, as well as appearing in inquests, mental health hearings, and Supreme Court bails For the last two years, she was a Senior Advocate, appearing in trials in the District Court as well as on pleas and short matters.
She was appointed as a Magistrate in 1994. After one general year, and one as a specialist Childrens Magistrate, she took up the Goulburn country circuit for the next two and a half years.
She became Deputy Chief Magistrate at the beginning of 2000. At end of 2001, she took early retirement to live on a farm. For next five years, she had an Acting Magistrate commission, and came from New Zealand about five times a year for a fortnight to act as a 'locum', mainly at the Downing Centre.
In October 2006, she was re-appointed as full time Magistrate, and in May 2007 as NSW State Coroner.
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