Simon Corbell has announced a successful conclusion to the “court blitz”:
During the 12 week blitz period 99 criminal matters were listed for hearing, and 90 have been dealt with.
50 defendants had changed their pleas and the Director of Public Prosecutions has declined to proceed in 13, meaning that a total of 63 of the 99 matters, or 73% were resolved without a hearing. 27 matters were heard and one 2 of which will be finalised over the next week.
7 criminal judgments have been reserved during the blitz, all of which have now been delivered.
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“Of the criminal matters heard, ordinarily the estimated time required for these matters would be 303 days of court time. They in fact took 51 days of court time during the blitz,” Mr Corbell said.
“Of the 115 civil matters listed for the blitz period, all have been dealt with, 85 matters have settled at a settlement rate of 74%.
“The estimated court days scheduled to hear the civil matters was 395 and as a result of the blitz, only 86 days were used,” Mr Corbell said.
Here in The Eagle’s Nest we will certainly miss the lurid judgments of Justice Neild and can only hope he is commissioned by Simon to review the performance of the ACT Supreme Court.
Being firm believers in swift justice we can only hope the court does not lapse back into The torpid languor of one hand washes the drowsy procrastination of the other