find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Attorney-General shakes up District Court proceedings

Attorney-General shakes up District Court proceedings

District Court

New laws proposed recently by NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton would ease District Court backlog, allowing faster and fairer access to justice, both for lawyers and their clients, the state government said.

The Crimes Procedure Amendment (Summary Proceedings for Indictable Offences) Bill 2016, unveiled late last week, would allow some property-related crimes currently dealt with in the District Court to be heard in the Local Court.

The offences, where committed in the following circumstances, include breaking and entering or breaking out of a dwelling-house, and committing or having intended to commit stealing or malicious damage while being in company with one or more persons and where the value of any property concerned is less than $60,000.

“Allowing these offences to be heard by the Local Court will mean approximately 25 fewer criminal trials in the District Court every year and [will] put a dent in the criminal trial backlog,” Ms Upton said, commenting on the new laws.

“It will reduce delays and uncertainty for victims and witnesses while they wait for matters to be resolved, which can be achieved faster in the Local Court.

“It also means earlier resolution for offenders, and access to support and supervision for rehabilitation,” she said.

The reform package also includes funding for one new magistrate and two police prosecutors to support the additional work in the Local Court.

The NSW Department of Justice will conduct a 12-month review of the reforms, focusing on the sentencing and the workload of the Local Court, District Court and justice agencies.

The proposed new laws form part of the $570 million package announced in the 2016-17 budget to support comprehensive reform of the Australian justice system, including immediate measures to decrease demand on courts and to reduce re-offending.


Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Attorney-General shakes up District Court proceedings
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...