MP’s CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR DISTRICT COURT JUDGES
State MP’s Kevin Anderson and Adam Marshall have met with NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton to push for a district court judge to be based permanently within the New England area.
Mr Anderson said the meeting was timely following the allocation of funding in yesterday’s budget for three additional district court judges.
“Adam and I have met again with the Attorney General about the strong case Tamworth and Armidale has to share a full time district court judge.
“The numbers stack up and from here a final decision is likely to be made in the next few months.
“Because our region is seeing lengthy delays and backlogs in our court system we will continue to push for this locally based position so that justice can be fair and fast for our communities.”
Mr Marshall said he believes the current ‘fly in-fly out justice’ is not ideal for our region and other country communities. It is needlessly expensive, inefficient and results in decisions which are out of step with community expectations.
“I have spoken to the Attorney General on this issue in recent weeks and she is considering the request.
“Currently there are only two judges based outside of Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong – in Lismore and Dubbo – and for our region judges are flown in from Sydney, accommodated in motels and then flown back to Sydney at the end of the week.
“The New England deserves better than this and I am confident the right decision will be made.”
If the MP’s efforts are successful it will follow their successful campaigns for additional audio visual link technology in local courts.