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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2761..


Courts and tribunals

(Question No 233)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Acting Attorney-General, upon notice, on 27 June 2002:

(1) What is the average and longest delay in (a) obtaining a hearing and (b) from the time of the hearing to the delivery of a decision in the:

(i) Magistrates Court;

(ii) Mental Health Tribunal;

(iii) Residential Tenancy matters;

(iv) Discrimination Tribunal;

(v) Guardianship and Management of Property Tribunal.

(2) How many part heard matters are there in each of these jurisdictions.

(3) What is the age of the oldest part heard matter.

(4) How many statements of reason have been requested under section 108 of the Mental Health legislation.

(5) What is the average time taken for delivery of those reasons.

(6) What personal staff do Magistrates have to assist them.

(7) What are the duties of these staff.

(8) How many of these staff members are there.

(9) What is the cost of providing these services to Magistrates.

(10) What personal staff do judges have to assist them.

(11) What are the duties of those staff.

(12) How many of these staff are there.

(13) What is the cost of providing these services to judges.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

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

(b) from the time of the hearing to the delivery of a decision in the following jurisdictions:

(i) Magistrates Court

In the Magistrates Court, in both civil and criminal matters, the approximate average time in obtaining a hearing date is currently 4 months. The longest delay in obtaining a hearing is currently 7 months. There is also some time left available to deal with short matters in No November of this year. The reason for the present delay is that the legal year ends on 13 December 2002 -and begins again on 3 February 2003 and the Court sits in a reduced capacity during that period.


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