Review Of Magistrates Court To Be Undertaken

Review Of Magistrates Court To Be Undertaken

Tasmania Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin

Review Of Magistrates Court Of Tasmania

Victor P Taffa

The State Government, with the support of the Chief Magistrate, has engaged consulting firm KPMG to undertake a review of the Magistrates Court of Tasmania, Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin said.

“The Hodgman Government is committed to ensuring that Tasmanians have access to an efficient criminal and civil justice system that meets the needs of the Tasmanian community.”

“KMPG will research and report on how to improve finalisations, clearance rates, attendances and backlog indicators in the criminal, civil and coronial divisions of the Magistrates Court.” Attorney-General Goodwin said.

They will also examine the courts administrative systems and resources, including in-court administrative arrangements.

Input will be sought from relevant stakeholders, including Magistrates, managers, staff and court users to ensure a complete picture of the Court is established effectively.

“This is just one of the measures the Government is employing to ensure the Court runs as efficiently as possible.” Attorney-General Goodwin said.

We have already appointed two new magistrates earlier this year, and we are developing new legislation designed to modernise and streamline the processes of the Magistrate Court Criminal and General Division.

“A report will be prepared by early August, and I look forward to closely considering any recommendations to ensure the Court maximises opportunities to enhance service delivery and access to justice.” Attorney-General Goodwin said.