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Attorney-General ‘happy to look at reform’ after recent decisions

NATALIE PETERS & ERIN MOLAN

The state’s Attorney-General has asked the Law Reform Commission to review court transparency laws in New South Wales.

The number of suppression orders being issued by courts has doubled since 2011, with more than 366 issued in the past two years.

The opposition argues the matter was looked at a decade ago, resulting in the Court Information Act which hasn’t been implemented since.

But Mark Speakman tells Afternoons the issue needs to be looked at again.

“The general principal in NSW is one of open justice.

“Justice has to be not only done but seen to be done.

“And if you want public confidence in the justice system there has to be transparency.”

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Mr Speakman has also commented on calls for tougher sentences for dealers taking drugs into music festivals.

An 18-year-old woman was caught smuggling almost 400 pills into a festival at Sydney Olympic Park last month but was sentenced to just 80 hours of community service.

Police want the decision appealed, limiting what Mr Speakman could legally say.

But he made it clear the government is open to overhauling the system.

“If this case points out some sort of systemic error or problem with the justice system we’re more than happy to look at reform.”

 

NATALIE PETERS & ERIN MOLAN
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