Issued: Friday, 26 February 2016
Attorney General Gabrielle Upton has announced the establishment of the Courts Consultation Committee to provide her with high-level advice on the NSW judicial system.
Ms Upton said the Committee will meet regularly and be chaired by the Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court, Tom Bathurst AC.
"Its membership will include the Chief Judge of the District Court, Chief Judge of the Land & Environment Court, President of the NCAT, Chief Magistrate of the Local Court, representatives of the legal profession and the Department of Justice.
"A community representative will also be appointed.
"This is the top table for advice when it comes to the operation of our judicial system. It will discuss a range of matters including workload, time frames to deal with cases, budgeting and court security.
"The Committee is long overdue and will harness the vast experience of members to deliver the best possible judicial system," Ms Upton said.
The Chief Justice stated that he and the other Heads of Jurisdiction warmly welcomed the establishment of the Committee."Its breadth of experience will provide considerable insight and assistance in the administration of justice in this State," said the Chief Justice.
Community representative Brian Long said he looked forward to contributing to the future of justice in NSW.
"I am pleased and honoured to be selected for this important committee that will help shape the direction of our courts," Mr Long said.
This Committee builds on the important work of other consultation committees advising the Attorney General including the NSW Victims Advisory Board and the NSW Sentencing Council.