Considering the number of people brutally killed in Canberra in the last 12 years it may seem amazing that our justice system has failed to convict anyone of murder in that time.
The Canberra Times now reports that police and prosecutors have been lobbying for reform.
More importantly Attorney-General Simon Corbell is working on a discussion paper due in the next few months on how to fix what ails the system.
In submissions to the Attorney-General made when he first canvassed opinions on law reform in 2008, the ACT’s then Chief Police Officer Michael Phelan said the current arrangements allowed people accused of serious crimes to seek a ”sympathetic judge”.
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”The weakness of the current ACT system lies in the potential for defence to seek to have matters heard by a judge who the defence perceives has historically reached decisions sympathetic to the defendants on particular issues; with the requirement for only a single source to be convinced of the defendant’s’s innocence,” Mr Phelan wrote.
Apparently the police want jury trials for sexual assault or murder cases.
With a discussion paper still to come we can expect this to be wound up just before the next election with no time for the cockups to become evident.
Nice work if you can get it.