Consultation for the Criminal Procedure Review—Magistrates Courts

The Criminal Procedure Review—Magistrates Courts (the review) was established to undertake a comprehensive review of criminal procedure laws in Queensland’s Magistrates Courts and make recommendations for a new contemporary and effective legislative framework, to ultimately replace the Justices Act 1886. This is an historic review for the administration of justice in Queensland.

On 29 April 2022 a Consultation paper was released, asking a series of questions about the current criminal procedures in the Magistrates Courts, the way processes work and views on possible improvements. We are also looking into whether the Magistrates Court should change its name to the Local Court, and if magistrates should be called Local Court judges.

On 9 June 2022 a consultation video was released. This explains the review and some of the key issues and gives information about the consultation process. It also includes some questions about criminal procedures in the Magistrates Courts and how they can be improved.

Submissions in response to the consultation paper closed at 5pm on 30 June 2022.

On 11 August 2022 the Easy English paper about the review was released. This paper is specifically designed to broaden access to information about the review.

Opportunities to have your say

If you would like to tell us about issues you think are relevant to our review—or make any other suggestions—we invite you to make a general submission relevant to the review (including in response to the above Easy English paper) by 5pm on 31 August 2022.

Hearing from you is important as your submissions help us to work out what needs to be improved. We invite submissions from court users and the broader community, especially if you have a lived experience of criminal procedures in the Magistrates Court as a person charged, a victim or witness. We want to hear from a variety of people and groups so we can understand issues and make the best recommendations in our report.

Submissions can be made in writing by:

We are also accepting audio and video submissions, which you can email to Criminal-Procedure-R@justice.qld.gov.au. Audio and video submissions must be no larger than 50MB. Files that are larger than 50MB must be saved on a USB stick and sent to the above postal address.

Privacy

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) is collecting personal information from persons making comments, feedback or submissions for the purpose of conducting this review. This information will assist us by informing the development of related policy and legislative proposals. Personal information includes your name, contact details, and commentary or opinions. Your personal information may be used and disclosed for the purpose of developing the reviewer’s report and may be reproduced in the report, which will be published. Your comments, feedback or submission may also be provided to others with an interest in the review. DJAG may also contact you for further information on the issues you raise. Your personal information will not be used for any other purpose unless otherwise required or authorised under a law and will be handled in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009.

Comments, feedback or submissions will be treated as public documents, which means they may be published on this website. They—or information about their content—may also be included in the review’s report and provided in due course to a parliamentary committee when considering legislation.

If you would like your comment, feedback or submission, or any part of it to be treated as confidential, please indicate this clearly. If you would like only your name and contact details to be treated as confidential, please indicate this clearly. However, please note that all comments, feedback or submissions may be subject to disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009 and access to applications for those—including any marked confidential—will be determined in accordance with that Act.