Department of Justice is now the Department of Communities and Justice. Find out more >
Release Date: Thursday 12 August 2021
Link to report summary:-
A simple change to allow certain offences to be prosecuted in the Local Court, rather than requiring them to be heard in the Higher Courts, has reduced the workload of the District Court by over 1,000 matters in 18 months.
In 2018, a number of lower level drug supply and robbery offences were reclassified to allow prosecutors to decide whether the matter should be resolved in the Local Court or the District Court. Previously, all such offences were finalised in the District Court. This was despite most offenders receiving sentences that could be imposed by the Local Court.
A new evaluation by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has found that this reform has delivered both a large reduction in District Court workload and a significant reduction in the time it takes to finalise these matters.
In the 18 months following the reform:
Commenting on the reform, Jackie Fitzgerald, BOCSAR Executive Director said in many ways this is the perfect law reform. "The reform cost almost nothing to execute, the justice system benefitted in moving matters from an expensive jurisdiction to a cheaper one, and the reduction in court delay has given greater certainty to offenders and victims."
Further enquiries: Jackie Fitzgerald, Executive Director, BOCSAR 0423 139 687 Email: email@example.com Copies of the report: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au