Magistrates Court (Criminal and General Division) Bill 2019 - Have your say
The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring that public consultation processes are open and transparent. We are seeking your input on the Magistrates Court (Criminal and General Division) Bill 2019 (pdf, 1.5 MB).
This Bill is designed to increase efficiencies in the Magistrates Court and will update the processes and procedures for the criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court, known as the Court of Petty Sessions, currently provided by the Justices Act 1959.
This is an outdated piece of legislation that is difficult to understand and does not provide the necessary legislative basis upon which to operate a modern Court.
The new Bill includes a framework for the disclosure of prosecution evidence in summary offences that will ensure that a defendant receives full disclosure of the case against them at the earliest opportunity.
Over the years, the various other jurisdictions of the Magistrates Court have been created as Divisions of that Court. For example, the Administrative Appeals Division, the Children’s Division, the Civil Division, and the Coronial Division, each created by a new Act and operating in accordance with a purpose-specific set of rules.
The criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court is the only jurisdiction remaining to be updated.
Initial consultation on the Bill was conducted in 2017. It has now been revised to address concerns raised by stakeholders.
Contact officer for this consultation is Emma Gunn (ph. 6165 4924).
How to make a submission
We must receive all written submissions on the Magistrates Court (Criminal and General Division) Bill 2019 by 5pm on Friday, 10 May 2019.
You can make your submission either online, by email or by post.
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