Judicial Members


SPA Chairman: Judge David Frearson, SC 

A highly regarded District Court Acting Judge, a former Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions and one of the State’s most successful Crown Prosecutors, Judge Frearson has had an impressive career in criminal law with more than four decades of legal experience. He replaces Justice James Wood as the new SPA Chairman effective 24 February 2020.

APPOINTED: 2020 

Judge David James Freeman 

The SPA’s Alternate Chairman, Judge Freeman has considerable experience in criminal law after a 31 year career as a judge of the NSW District Court. Upon stepping down from the Bench he was appointed an Acting District Court Judge and an Acting Supreme Court Judge.  

APPOINTED: 2013  

John Bailey 

Appointed an Acting Local Court Magistrate in 2008, Mr Bailey served on the Metropolitan and country circuits. Previously a Public Solicitor in the Criminal Indictable Section he has extensive experience in criminal and civil matters.

APPOINTED:  2016 

Shaughan McCosker

Commencing his career as a solicitor in 1988, he was appointed an Acting Magistrate in 1994 and a year later appointed as a Magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales attached to the Armidale and Taree circuit. 

APPOINTED: 2016

Ian McRae 

Appointed a Magistrate in 1988, Mr McRae is also a former mayor of Temora Municipal Council.  His appointments include NSW Home Fund Commissioner; Senior Coordinating Magistrate Western Suburbs Local Court and Judicial Member of the NSW Racing Tribunal. 

APPOINTED: 2016 

Allan Moore 

Appointed a Magistrate in 1989, he presided at Central Local 
Court for more than decade.  In 2011, he was appointed as a Tribunal Member with the Victims Compensation Tribunal and an Acting Magistrate of NSW.  

APPOINTED: 2012