4. Court resourcing
In order to promote access to and the administration of justice, Queensland courts, commissions and tribunals must be appropriately funded and resourced.
Queensland Law Society calls for a commitment:
- To appoint more magistrates (including specialist Children’s Court magistrates)
- To appoint at least five additional District Court judges and at least three additional Supreme Court judges, as well as appointing a permanent Supreme Court judge in Southport
- That new appointments of magistrates, District and Supreme Court judges reflect the significant experience, knowledge, expertise and diversity of the solicitors’ branch of the legal profession
- That an increase in lodgements in each of the criminal jurisdictions will result in a proportionate increase in the number of judicial officers in the relevant region
- To increased funding for Queenslanders living in rural, regional and remote areas for regular access to visiting circuit courts, commissions and tribunals
- That electronic court technology, including full e-filing facilities and e-trials, be made generally available to the criminal and civil law jurisdictions to improve court technology and resources in regional courts.
Queensland State Election - 2017 Call to Parties Statement
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