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Qld law society chips critical magistrate

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 Darren Cartwright

A Brisbane magistrate who says he sees incompetent legal advice handed out every day has made "ill thought-out commentary", according to the Queensland Law Society.

Magistrate Noel Nunan made the comments during Wednesday's sentencing of a Gold Coast law graduate who illegally acted as a solicitor.

Jason Reichman, 24, was convicted, fined $1500 and ordered to pay $4000 in court costs.

Mr Nunan said Reichman was "brazen" to again act as a solicitor after he'd been fined $1000 two years ago for a similar offence but did say praise him for his work during interviews.

"It looked like he was doing a reasonable job during all of these interviews," he said.

"There's a lot of incompetent solicitors running around the place, giving legal advice, giving criminal legal advice. I see it daily."

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts was disappointed the comments were made during the sentencing of Reichman, who will lodge an appeal.

"I think it is regrettable that the magistrate has decided to make, what essentially are, ill-thought out commentary when the person he was dealing with was clearly acting in breach of the legal act," Mr Potts told AAP.

Reichman, in his sixth year of employment with Gold Coast barrister Chris Rosser, said the conviction may prevent him becoming a lawyer.

Reichman was found to have acted in a legal capacity 12 times during visits to Gold Coast police stations and a watch house.

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