Attorney-General invites feedback on sweeping court reforms

Activity occurred prior to the current government.

On 24 November, Attorney-General Cameron Dick released the draft consultation bill containing the first stage of the Government’s progressive rollout of sweeping reforms focussed on modernising Queensland’s civil and criminal justice system.

The reforms were in response to a review by former Supreme Court Judge Martin Moynihan AO QC.

Key reforms included:

  • Streamlining the committal process in the Magistrates Court
  • Expanding the criminal and civil jurisdictions of the Magistrates and District courts
  • Clarifying the operation of disclosure provisions in criminal cases, supported by increased compliance measures
  • Providing greater encouragement for defendants to plead guilty at the earliest reasonable opportunity.

Read the Attorney-General's media release.

Members of the public were invited to comment on the Bill by sending their comments no later than close of business on 31 January 2010.