Courier Mail Renee Viellaris 8 October 2013
QUEENSLAND’S legal system faces its biggest reform in history after a State Government review urged the abolition of committal hearings. A taskforce has also been set up within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to help determine how it can get offenders to plead guilty earlier, so time and money can be saved.
The Courier Mail Renee Viellaris 18 September 2013
STATE-run drug injecting rooms could be what addicts need to finally kick the habit, Queensland’s top judge says.
In a frank admission, Supreme Court Justice Paul de Jersey has revealed his compassion for drug addicts and his condemnation of traffickers.
Doctors have welcomed his statements, believing drug addicts are being punished rather than treated in Queensland.
ABC News 7:30 Qld 13 September 2013
Queensland’s Chief Justice Paul de Jersey says he believes some prisoners are abusing the parole system, and voiced support for drug injecting rooms.
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Courier Mail Tony Keim 17 June 2013
A BRISBANE judge has aborted the trial of a man accused of murdering his best mate, cementing the corpse in a barrel and dumping it in a river. Brisbane Supreme Court judge Margaret Wilson on Monday dismissed the jury of trial empanelled to decide the fate the fate of Anthony Charles Oliver. Justice Wilson said it would not be appropriate to reveal hers reasons until the conclusion of any future trial.
(Elsevier 22 April 2013) A target article recently published in Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition reviews various high-profile false convictions. It provides an overview of classic psychological research on expectancy and observer effects and indicates in which ways forensic science examiners may be influenced by information such as confessions, eyewitness identification, and graphical evidence.
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The Courier Mail Kristin Shorten June 15, 2012
IT TOOK almost eight years to find Daniel Morcombe and it could take another three before his family get answers.
The teenager’s parents, Bruce and Denise, said they were “frustrated” the wheels of justice had turned so slowly since the arrest of Brett Peter Cowan over their son’s disappearance and murder.
“We always knew it took a long time for everything (to move through the court system) so we know we will have to wait years for any finality,” Mrs Morcombe said…
The matter is due for mention in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on August 6.
The Courier Mail Alison Sandy and Jason Tin June 15, 2012
GERARD Baden-Clay faces the prospect of more than two years in custody before a trial as Queensland’s justice system buckles under the strain of mounting homicide cases and a lack of resources…
The case is one of hundreds of criminal matters before the Supreme Court, prompting Queensland Chief Justice Paul de Jersey to call on the State Government to urgently appoint a new judge to help clear the backlog.
Justice de Jersey said recent reforms to reduce delays within the legal system had minimal impact on the Supreme Court and there were 470 active criminal matters on the list with another 83 going to trial last financial year.
“If a criminal case were to become ready to proceed to trial in the Supreme Court today, the earliest available trial dates would be in the first half of next year,” he said.
“A number of factors explain that delay. Most seriously, substantially more alleged homicides are going to trial.
“Also, there have in recent years been a number of very long trials, beginning with Dr (Jayant) Patel’s trial which lasted 12 weeks.
“Another factor not infrequently raised is delay in forensic testing, which delays readiness for trial.”