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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 5 Hansard (2 April) . . Page.. 1847..


Director of Public Prosecutions—staffing levels

(Question No 101)

Mr Hanson asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 26 February 2009:

What steps have been taken to ensure that adequate staffing levels in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions will be maintained during holiday periods.

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

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions staffing levels during holiday periods is determined by the requirements of courts. The office maintains a skeleton staff including prosecutors and paralegals to meet court requirements during holiday breaks with additional staff being called for duty as required. Senior management are rostered on a rotational basis to cover any unforseen requirements that may arise.

Traffic offences—mobile phones

(Question No 102)

Mr Hanson asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 26 February 2009:

How many people facing charges of driving whilst using a mobile phone were convicted of this offence in 2008.

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

The court does not have easy access to data about criminal sentences by type of case and I am not prepared to authorise the use of the very considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer the Member's question.

Traffic offences—drink driving

(Question No 103)

Mr Hanson asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 26 February 2009:

(1) How many people were summoned to attend court in relation to drink driving in 2008.

(2) How many of those people outlined in part (1) failed to attend court after receiving an initial summons.

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

The court does not have easy access to data about criminal sentences by type of case and I am not prepared to authorise the use of the very considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer the Member's question.


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