Mary Jerram

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Her Honour Magistrate
Mary Jerram
State Coroner of New South Wales
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 May 2007
Appointed by John Hatzistergos
Preceded by John Abernethy
Personal details
Born 1945
Dunedin, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Ian Cameron
Profession Coroner
Magistrate
solicitor
teacher

Mary Stella Jerram[1][2] (b. 1945 in Dunedin, New Zealand) is a former State Coroner of New South Wales.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand to a "fairly conservative middle-class family",[3] Jerram attended St. Hilda's Collegiate School[4] in Dunedin, New Zealand, and the University of Otago, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Languages.[5][6] Following her graduation, she was gainfully employed as a high school teacher of English and modern languages.

During her career as a teacher, Jerram fell pregnant and soon become a mother;[5] however, stating that, "at the same time, I think I never really saw myself as teaching for the rest of my life" and with a previous history of advocacy,[7] she soon thereafter commenced law studies.[5]

Career[edit]

Early legal career[edit]

Following her completion of law studies, Jerram worked as a legal officer at the Independent Teachers' Union from 1980 to 1987[3][8] and as a criminal duty solicitor and senior advocate at the Legal Aid Commission from 1987 to 1994,[8][9] up until her secondment to an industrial inquiry into prisoners and prison officers.[8]

Magisterial appointment[edit]

In 1994, Jerram was appointed as a Magistrate; after one general year and one as a specialist Children's Magistrate of New South Wales, she undertook the Goulburn country circuit for the next two-and-a-half years.

In 2000, Jerram became the Deputy Chief Magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales. In this capacity and role, Jerram provided advice regarding legislative and other proposals of assistance to the New South Wales Government and also education for other magistrates.

Early retirement[edit]

At the end of 2001, Jerram took an early retirement to live on a 304-ha. farm in her homeland of New Zealand. For the following five years, she had a commission as Acting Magistrate and came from New Zealand about five times a year for a fortnight to act as a locum, mainly at the Downing Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Magisterial reappointment[edit]

At end of 2001, she took early retirement to live on a farm but soon "missed the law and […] Australia".[10] 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 a full-time magistrate.[9]

Coronial appointment[edit]

Jerram was appointed by New South Wales Government Attorney-General John Hatzistergos, with the announcement made on 3 May 2007,[11] and succeeded John Abernethy as the State Coroner of NSW.[12]

Commencing her 5-year contract and her tenure as State Coroner of NSW on 7 May 2007, Jerram became the first female State Coroner of NSW and was assisted by the Deputy State Coroner, His Honour Magistrate Paul A. MacMahon.

Personal life[edit]

Jerram was married to Ian Cameron,[3] with whom she had joined the Australian Labor Party in October 1975.[3] Jerram left the ALP around 1987.[3]

Jerram relocated to Sydney suburb of Beecroft in 1969 with Cameron and her two children.[3] She moved to Balmain a few months before joining the ALP.

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The State Coroner's Court on Parramatta Road in Glebe, New South Wales. The Court House at Goulburn, New South Wales where Mary Jerram presided as Magistrate of the Local Court.
Preceded by
John Abernethy
State Coroner of New South Wales
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Michael Barnes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Local Court of New South Wales. (2006.) Local Court of New South Wales Annual Review 2006
  2. ^ Local Court of New South Wales. (2008.) Local Court of New South Wales Annual Review 2008
  3. ^ a b c d e f Tony Harris. (2007.) Basket Weavers and True Believers: The Making and Unmaking the Labor Left in Leichhardt Municipality C1970–1991, Leftbank Publishing, pp. 52–3.
  4. ^ "Jerram, Mary – St Hilda's Collegiate School". The Alliance of Girls' Schools. March 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Monica Attard (22 January 2012). "Mary Jerram, NSW State Coroner". ABC. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Monica Attard (5 June 2011). "Mary Jerram, NSW State Coroner". ABC. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Saffron Howden (29 October 2011). "Newsmaker: Mary Jerram". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b The Statutory Functions of the Coroner – Continuing Professional Development Programs | College of Law
  9. ^ Geesche Jacobsen (3 May 2007). "State Coroner swaps tree change for gavel". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Local Court of New South Wales. (2011.) Local Court of New South Wales Annual Review 2011
  11. ^ "NSW gets first female coroner". ABC News. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 

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