Queensland Law Society

Presidents update 15 July 2020

President's Update

Last week we witnessed a watershed moment in legal practice in Queensland when Queensland’s Chief Magistrate Judge Terry Gardiner paved the way for the listing of all criminal matters in the Magistrates Courts electronically.

Magistrates Court Practice Direction 7 of 2020 allows for either prosecutors or defence legal representatives to submit an electronically lodged form for any matters listed in the Magistrates Court seeking an order for a date for a directions hearing, bail application or sentence. For those looking for more information, visit Proctor.

This is a very welcome initative and one that will make a significant difference to criminal practitioners across the state. It’s an excellent example of the kind of change that can come from the shadow of COVID-19 and the enhanced stakeholder communications that has resulted from the pandemic.  We thank the Magistrates Court leadership for embracing this change and look forward to continuing to work with them in implementing other initiatives.

QLS is continuing to advocate on behalf of all Queensland practitioners to ensure other measures that are equally beneficial will remain once the pandemic is a memory. If there are changes you would like to see retained, or any new initiatives that you feel would make legal practise better, easier, or more efficient, please suggest them through our feedback@qls.com.au inbox.

I’d like to finish though with a reminder that we’re not out of the woods yet. COVID-19 continues to impact the health of both our community and economy.  The current situation in Victoria and the emerging situation in New South Wales are stark indicators that we must not let our guard down. As a profession let’s continue to be vigilant against the threat of the virus and to support each other by connecting with your fellow practitioners and encouraging those in need to seek assistance.  The Society has available numerous avenues of support for  practitioners in need. Now, more than ever before, the Society has resources to assist – members simply need to ask.

Luke Murphy
President, Queensland Law Society

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