The New South Wales State Government's allocation of an additional $3.1 million for court rehabilitation and diversionary programs has been called "a step in the right direction" by the Law Society of New South Wales.
Law Society president Mary Macken said that the additional funding, which was unveiled in the State Budget and takes the total rehabilitation and diversionary spend up to $26.7 million, is not entirely sufficient but will nonetheless assist in reducing the prevalence of repeat offenders.
"Rehabilitation is a key to our justice system," she said
"When these programs are really working properly, they will reduce recidivism with offenders diverted into appropriate programs and assisted with their rehabilitation."
Macken also commended the Government on the allocation of $5.3 million to the Department of Public Prosecutions, as well as budgeted upgrades for numerous courts across the state, including those at Armidale, Lismore, Newcastle and Taree.
However, Macken noted her disappointment with the Government's decision to retain the ad valorem charge on property sales over $500,000.
"Every dollar counts when it comes to buying property in NSW - the most expensive state for real estate in Australia - and the ad valorem tax is an unnecessary tax, adding quite a few dollars to home purchases for some," she said.