Queensland Law Society

Judicial reviews protect from potential poor process

Date 29 Aug 2013
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
Phone 07 3842 5868
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society said today a number of issues could arise from plans to scrap judicial reviews for prisoners’ parole hearings.

President Annette Bradfield said the call to remove the reviews was concerning.

“Judicial review is one of the safeguards of administrative decision-making – that of appropriate review.

“Removing judicial reviews has the real potential to result in poor internal processes and poor decision-making practices.

“No decision maker is infallible, including the Queensland Parole Board, and to suggest that they should not be subject to review creates a dangerous precedent for administrative bodies within our system of law.

“Decision making requires checks and balances especially when the outcomes have significant personal effects.

“We recommend no change to the current system.”