Criminal Justice Procedure in Queensland

Activity occurred prior to the current government.

On 13 April, public consultation began on the second stage of a massive program of reforms focusing on modernising Queensland’s civil and criminal justice system.

The Criminal Justice Procedure in Queensland discussion paper (PDF file 636.3 KB) provides an overview of a possible framework for an overhaul of all criminal justice procedure legislation. It also focuses on increasing the adoption of electronic processes within the justice system in Queensland.

The reforms are in response to recommendations in the report entitled Review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland (December 2008), authored by former Supreme Court Judge, the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC.

This discussion paper provides an overview of a possible framework for what is known as the ‘Stage 2 Bill’, and poses a number of questions.

Feedback is encouraged in relation to these questions as well as on any matter relevant to the framework and existing legislation. In particular information about issues and problems experienced with the current criminal procedure legislation and suggested improvements is sought.

Please provide any comments of feedback by 18 June 2010 via email to or by mail to:
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Assistant Director-General, Policy, Legislation and Executive Services
GPO Box 249
Brisbane QLD 4001
Public consultation for ‘Stage one’ of the reforms was held from November 2009 – January 2010. The Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction Reform and Modernisation amendment Bill was subsequently introduced to Parliament on 13 April 2010.

Major milestone for justice in Queensland - Ministerial media release 13 April 2010