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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2943..


Courts and tribunals

(Question No 382)

Mr Stanhope asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

In relation to administration of the Courts:

1. What is the average and longest delay in obtaining a hearing in the:

a) Magistrates Court;

b) Mental Health Tribunal;

c) Residential Tenancy matters;

e) Discrimination Tribunal; and

f) Guardianship Tribunal

2. What is the average and longest delay from the time of the hearing to delivery of a decision in the:

a) Magistrates Court;

b) Mental Health Tribunal;

c) Residential Tenancy matters;

d) Discrimination Tribunal; and

e) Guardianship Tribunal.

3. How many part hear matters are there in each of these jurisdictions?

4. What is the age of the oldest part heard?

5. Which magistrates have part heard matters and how many does each magistrate have?

6. How many statements of reason have been requested under section 108 of the Mental Health legislation?

7. What is the average time taken for delivery of those reasons?

8. What personal staff do magistrates have to assist them?

9. What are the duties of these staff?

10. How many of these staff members are there?

11. What is the cost of providing these services to magistrates?

12. What personal staff do judges have to assist them?

13. What are the duties of those staff?

14. How many of these staff members are there?

15. What is the cost of providing these services to judges?

Mr Stefaniak: The answer to Mr Stanhope's questions is as follows:

1. What is the average and longest delay in obtaining a hearing in the

a) Magistrates Court;

b) Mental Health Tribunal;

c) Residential Tenancy matters;

d) Discrimination Tribunal; and

e) Guardianship Tribunal.

1a) ACT Magistrates Court

The following is an average of time taken, from when a matter is set down for hearing until the next available hearing date. (Frequently matters drop out of the lists, freeing up earlier dates which can be allocated to other matters. This is not reflected in the following table): However, the Court can give earlier hearing dates if the matter is urgent and the parties request it.


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