Queensland Law Society

QLS counsels a considered approach to CJ’s proposed changes

Date 20 Mar 2013
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Queensland Law Society (QLS) said today that changing the balance in the criminal justice system required careful consideration and consultation, in light of the issues raised by Chief Justice Paul de Jersey on Friday 15 March.

President Annette Bradfield said QLS welcomed debate on current law and legal process and noted there will always be differing views when significant reforms are raised.

“We are keen to contribute to the debate and be consulted by government,” Ms Bradfield said.

“One way to move forward would be for the matters to be referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission for investigation, public consultation and research into other relevant jurisdictions’ experiences.

“There needs to be very careful consideration before changing fundamental protections of the citizenry in the criminal justice system.

“QLS is conscious of ensuring that the rights of those accused of offences are adequately protected.”