The ABC has word that Simon Corbell isn’t going to launch a judicial commission to investigate Justice Richard Refshauge’s huge backlog of justice denied.
Late last year the ACT Bar Association made a formal complaint, under the Judicial Commissions Act, about Justice Richard Refshauge’s backlog of reserved civil judgements.
ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell has dismissed the complaint and will appoint an acting judge to give Justice Refshauge time off the bench to deal with the backlog.
ACT Bar Association president Greg Stretton says it is a good decision.
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“The litigants who have been waiting for years are only interested in getting their judgements. If this is the way that to encourage that then it’s to be applauded,” he said.
But he says the situation makes it clear the ACT Supreme Court needs a fifth judge permanently.
ACT Law Society president Noor Blumer agrees it is a constructive move.