SMS alerts now avail­able for court ap­pear­ances

The Observer - - NEWS -

ADULT de­fen­dants on bail around Queens­land will now re­ceive an SMS re­minder 24 hours be­fore their next court ap­pear­ance as part of a re­gional pi­lot project that has been ex­panded statewide.

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Yvette D’Ath said the text ap­point­ment re­minder, sim­i­lar to those is­sued by many busi­nesses, was de­signed to save court time and costs by en­cour­ag­ing a greater at­ten­dance rate at court.

“It is a sig­nif­i­cant in­con­ve­nience for the courts and all the par­ties in­volved in a mat­ter when a de­fen­dant fails to at­tend court,” she said.

“The pi­lot was ini­ti­ated to try to re­duce the num­ber of Fail to Ap­pear war­rants, which may be is­sued im­me­di­ately upon a de­fen­dant not turn­ing up to court.”

The pi­lot pro­gram started in the Mackay Mag­is­trates Court in June 2016. The statewide roll­out be­gins to­day.

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