Queensland Law Society

Funding for justice much needed in State Budget

Queensland’s State Government will hand down the first budget since the last election on Wednesday 12 June, with Queensland Law Society holding hopes for more justice system funding.

QLS president Ken Taylor said that there were key issues the legal profession had raised previously with both sides of Government, and had received responses from both prior to the 2017 Queensland State Election.

Each election, QLS pulls together a list of items our profession would like to see addressed by political parties,” he said.

Our 2017 Call to Parties document listed issues such as more legal assistance funding, court infrastructure and technology upgrades including the implementation of an electronic document management system, and further timely judiciary appointments.”

Queensland’s Labor Party had responded with previous funding they had allocated to legal assistance and noted $33.3 million to community legal centres from 2017-20, focusing on domestic and family violence, employment law services and community legal education.

There was no promise of future commitments to legal assistance services for Queenslanders.

In response to judicial appointments, court infrastructure and technology, the Labor Party promised to continue to build on previous investments in Courts.

Mr Taylor said while there had not been promises of increased funding for the key issues in the upcoming budget, he was hopeful.

Although we have not seen any commitments as yet from the government, we are hoping that they will see the great value each of these items will add to the justice system and access to justice for Queenslanders,” he said.

The Society stands for good law for the public good, and we believe that our court system and access to justice play a large role in this mission.

We will continue to advocate for the best justice system for all Queenslanders.”

Mr Taylor will be live on the Society’s Facebook page on the afternoon of the budget announcement to highlight justice system items.