Queensland Law Society

Brisbane needs two judges

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts has called on the Federal Government to appoint two judges – one to the Federal Circuit Court and another to the Family Court – in Brisbane to cope with the region's overwhelming workload.

President Potts said it was time south east Queensland had received the much needed two appointments after the Federal Government’s announcement savings measures would allow for funding to court operations.

Mr Potts said the fortuitous revelation that 2015-16 Federal Budget measures would result in greater priority of funds to frontline court services meant up to an additional five judges could be appointed in Queensland.

“The recent appointment of a Family Court judge in Queensland was a positive step, but more judges are needed immediately to cope with the court’s diabolical backlog,” he said.

“It was pleasing to hear the federal Attorney-General commit to reinvesting the savings in the courts.

“Queensland is in dire need of two more Family Court judges and three Federal Circuit Court judges - these measures will free up the funds needed for that.

“The Society looks forward to the announcement of these desperately needed appointments as soon as possible; with many litigants waiting years for decisions on their Family Court and Federal Circuit Court matters, the new judges can’t come quickly enough.”

Mr Potts’ comments came after a ceremony welcoming Judge Ann Demack to her new posting to Rockhampton on Monday.

It also follows the Federal Government’s announcement last week that 2015-16 Budget measures would create efficiencies which would enable the courts to redirect more of their available funds away from administrative functions toward the delivery of frontline services and justice to the Australian community.

“Attorney-General George Brandis has made a laudable commitment to increasing the delivery of frontline services and justice to the Australian community; the best way to increase the delivery of justice is to increase the numbers of those who deliver it,” Mr Potts said.

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For further information, please contact Tony Keim on 07 3842 5835, mobile 0488 433 884 or via email, t.keim@qls.com.au.