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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Major milestone for justice in Queensland

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

    Major milestone for justice in Queensland

    Queensland justice marked a major milestone today as Attorney-General Cameron Dick introduced legislation into State Parliament paving the way for significant reforms to the criminal and civil justice system.

    Mr Dick said the introduction of the Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction Reform and Modernisation Amendment Bill marked another substantial step in the Bligh Government’s plan to ensure the state’s justice system is modern, responsive and accessible to the community.

    “The Bill contains the first stage of the government’s response to the review of the state’s criminal and civil justice system by the Honorable Martin Moynihan AO QC,” Mr Dick said.

    “These reforms will ensure that the delivery of justice in our state is efficient and that access is fair and equitable, reflecting contemporary needs and expectations.”

    Mr Dick said key reforms in the Bill would streamline the committal process in the Magistrates Court, and expand the criminal and civil jurisdictions of the Magistrates and District courts.

    “As a result of our proposed changes, victims will see justice done sooner, prosecutors and courts will be able to focus on more complex matters, witnesses will benefit from fewer court appearances and defendants will wait less time for trial,” he said.

    Mr Dick thanked members of the community and legal profession for providing feedback on the draft Bill, which was tabled for consultation in November last year.

    “We received a lot of thoughtful and constructive comments in submissions and a number of these have been incorporated into the Bill introduced today,” he said.

    “We have listened to feedback from stakeholders and have made changes as a result of consultation, particularly in relation to the implementation of summary disposition.”

    “These are some of the most extensive and significant reforms to Queensland’s justice system in decades.

    “The revisions made to the Bill will ensure that the impacts of the initial changes can be closely monitored and evaluated so that they can provide a solid evidence base for consideration of further reforms based on Mr Moynihan’s recommendations.”

    Mr Dick said he expected to see the same level and quality of feedback to a discussion paper for the second stage of the reforms stemming from Mr Moynihan’s report.

    “The Criminal Justice Procedure in Queensland discussion paper, which I tabled in Parliament today, invites community feedback on proposals for a new Criminal Justice Procedure Act for Queensland.

    “Mr Moynihan’s report highlighted the outdated and fragmented legal structure that currently underpins our criminal justice system.

    “This overhaul will continue the reform agenda by consolidating, modernising and streamlining procedural criminal justice legislation in Queensland.

    “The discussion paper also invites feedback on the reform process and other reform opportunities to provide increased efficiency and flexibility for Queensland’s courts.”

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