Condolences offered to NSW district court judge Peter Zahra

By Anna Macdonald

May 10, 2022

NSW District Court
The NSW District Court has sentenced a Sydney man for making $19 million worth of false claims to the PBS. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

NSW district court judge Peter Zahra has passed away, after suffering a stroke.

Zahra served as a judge on the district court for 15 years, having been appointed in 2007. He became a public defender in 1989, then a senior public defender in 2001. 

The state’s attorney general, Mark Speakman, has offered his condolences to Zahra’s family and thanked Zahra for his contributions over the years to the legal profession.

“His Honour was considered an outstanding leader in the Public Defenders Chambers – hard working, a fine advocate and dedicated to developing and maintaining the highest standard in the work undertaken by Public Defenders. He was also a well-respected legal author on drug laws and criminal law,” Speakman said in a statement.

The attorney general continued: “During his 15 years on the District Court bench, Judge Zahra earned the deep respect of his judicial colleagues, those at the Bar who appeared before him and the profession more broadly.”

Zahra’s family has issued a statement, celebrating the life of their family member. 

Before his passing, Zahra was overseeing a court case between singer Guy Sebastian and Sebastian’s former manager. 

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