Queensland Law Society

Establishment of a Queensland judicial commission

Date 13 Jan 2016
Contact Gabrielle Kopke
Phone 07 3842 5903
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email g.kopke@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society has called for the State Government to consider establishing a judicial commission as a part of a protocol for judicial appointments in Queensland.

Society president Bill Potts said that maintaining an independent judiciary was one of the pillars of our democracy and central to the separation of powers.

“To maintain public confidence in the administration of justice, all processes surrounding the judicial system should be open, transparent and independent,” he said.

“Queensland is fortunate to have an excellent judiciary who dispense justice daily and do so with distinction. To ensure this remains, the time is right to start considering a judicial commission in Queensland. It could play an independent role in appointments, deal with the possibility of judicial misconduct and assist in ongoing education of our fine judicial officers.

“It is important to note that a commission would have no power to review sentences, but could assist the courts in achieving consistency through information and education. A reinstated Sentencing Advisory Council, promised by the State Government at the last state election, also has a role to play by undertaking original research and publishing material on sentencing.

“It is critical in our system of justice that the power to review sentences or challenge judges’ decisions should always remain reserved for appeal courts.”

Queensland Law Society will continue to work with the State Government to find the best practice for appointing and maintaining our system of justice in Queensland.