Amidst the broader farce of a city of 300,000 maintaining its own independent legal system we have today the complaint of the departing Zed Seselja that Labor has again kiboshed moves to appoint a fifth Supreme Court Judge.
If such a judge were to do their homework there’s a fighting chance cases could be resolved within a year or so of commencing in the court and Canberra’s legal fraternity wouldn’t forever be seeking excuses to get their cases heard in the Federal Court.
Here’s what Zed has to say:
Today, the ACT Government opposed legislation to appoint a fifth judge in the Supreme Court. The legislation, introduced by Shadow Attorney-General Zed Seselja, was aimed at reducing the long delays in the ACT court system which has had a devastating effect on hundreds of Canberrans.
Yesterday’s Budget shows that over the last year the delays have increased even further. The percentage of criminal cases waiting in the Supreme Court for more than 24 months increased from 5 to 10 per cent, and the average number of days to finalise civil cases from the time of lodgement in the Supreme Court has increased from 550 to 617.
“It is very disappointing that Labor and the Greens have failed to listen to the ACT Law Society, the ACT Bar Association, leading criminologists and victims’ families who are all supportive of a fifth judge,” Mr Seselja said today.
“The ACT Budget also failed to introduce any new initiatives to address the long delays and the Government has not proposed any new policies to address this issue.
But no… Simon Corbell insists it’s just a scracth!