Circuit courts under threat

Circuit courts in regional areas including King Island and Flinders Island could face the axe under the Liberal Government’s budget cuts.


Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin repeatedly failed to rule out reducing sessions or even axing regional court sittings as a result of cuts to the Justice budget.


“Ms Goodwin was given repeated opportunities to commit to these critical circuit court sittings but she refused to rule anything in or out,” Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings said.


“There are also fears that courts in Devonport or Burnie may have to close as a result of the hidden cuts in the Liberal Government’s first budget.


“Circuit court sittings in Queenstown, Smithton, Currie, Whitemark, Scottsdale, St Helens and Huonville play an important part in our justice system, particularly for people who are unable to travel.


“The Attorney General must immediately commit to quarantining these frontline services from cuts.”