Parramatta could save our slow justice
CRIMINAL cases should be heard in Parramatta to ease the massive backlog, the NSW Bar Association said.
Association president Arthur Moses SC said the organisation had received complaints from barristers about trials being delayed by a lack of availability of court rooms at the Downing Centre District Court.
Mr Moses said the government should find more space in the Sydney CBD and “also consider additional options such as exploring the potential to hear more cases being heard in areas such as Parramatta,” he said.
Figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research from 2017 show the district court criminal caseload was 2042 criminal trials with 1195 sentencing matters outstanding. The median time between arrest and trial finalisation is now 714 days, up from 512 days in 2012.
However, NSW Attorney- General Mark Speakman said his office was not aware of delays being caused by lack of courtrooms and said the building’s capacity had been increased last year.
A spokesman for Mr Speakman said the government has invested $39 million to appoint extra judges and defenders.