Law Council welcomes commitment from Attorney-General regarding court reinvestment, judicial appointments
The Law Council of Australia has welcomed today’s commitments by the Attorney-General, Senator The Hon George Brandis QC, regarding the reinvestment of savings back into the court system, as well as the filling of judicial vacancies in the Federal Circuit Court.
The Law Council of Australia has been in discussion with the Office of the Attorney-General regarding the changes to be implemented in the legislation introduced yesterday.
LCA President-elect Stuart Clark AM said he was pleased to see that a number of key concerns of the legal profession had been addressed.
“The Law Council has been eager to seek assurance that the efficiencies derived through the merging of corporate services functions would be reinvested into the Federal court system,” Mr Clark said.
“It is very pleasing to see the commitments made by the Attorney-General today.
“Filling the vacancies in Federal Circuit Court judicial positions has also been a significant concern of the Law Council.
“The Attorney-General’s announcement of four Federal Circuit Court judges last week, combined with a commitment to fill the remaining two vacancies soon, is extremely welcome.
“This announcement, coupled with the recent assurances that there is no plan or proposal to close courts or registries, will be welcomed by the profession and the community.
“The Law Council recognises the importance of ensuring the Federal court system is both financially sustainable and properly resourced to meet the community’s needs.
“The Law Council is committed to working constructively with the Attorney-General to represent the legal profession and to ensure the rule of law is supported and upheld.
“We also welcome the opportunity for provisions in the bill to be considered by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.”