In what may come as a shock to Canberra’s legal and criminal fraternity Simon Corbell has announced that he’s appointed a retired NSW District Court judge to clear out the ACT Supreme Court’s backlog:
“The ACT Government committed to addressing the backlog in the Supreme Court earlier this year by making several announcements in the 2010-11 ACT Budget including the allocation of funds for an acting judge and the creation of a District Court,” Mr Corbell said.
“Today I am pleased to be able to announce the first of these measures in the appointment of John Nield as an acting judge for the ACT Supreme Court.
“It is clear that there are backlogs in the Supreme Court, and the Government has put forward a clear roadmap to deal with the problem.
“The Government has proposed a District Court to take some matters out of the Supreme Court and free up resources that can be focussed on higher level cases.”
Acting Justice Nield has served as a New South Wales District Court Judge since 1988, and has recently retired from that position. During his time on the bench, he presided over many significant criminal matters.
“I am pleased that the ACT has been able to secure the significant expertise of Justice Nield in an acting capacity, and note that he is well respected by both the legal community and by his peers,” Mr Corbell said.
Some outside perspective on the bench with nothing to lose could be just what we need.