Issued: Tuesday, 21 June 2016
The NSW Government will make justice faster, fairer and more accessible with $39 million over two years to tackle the District Court backlog in this year's Budget, NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton announced today.
The Budget provides funding for three new District Court judges – including one based at Wagga Wagga - and two new public defenders.
There is also investment in Legal Aid, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and a range of initiatives to help reduce the criminal case backlog such as targeted trial call-overs to bring parties together to resolve matters earlier, and initial plea discussions to identify early guilty pleas.
Ms Upton said the NSW Budget 2016-17 will make access to justice in NSW faster, fairer and easier.
"This investment will see a full time permanent District Court judge in Wagga Wagga, which is great news for the Wagga community and regional justice services," Ms Upton said. "The NSW Government is continuing to work closely with the District Court to reduce the criminal caseload and deliver fast, fair and accessible justice right across NSW."
The funding is part of a $570 million investment over four years to support comprehensive reform of the justice system, including immediate measures to reduce demand on courts and systemic reforms to reduce reoffending.
The 2016-17 NSW Budget also includes significant investment in services and support for victims and investment to address reoffending.
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