Statement from Shadow Attorney-General on justice delays

Revelations that serious criminal proceedings are now backlogged well into 2022 is a consequence of the Andrews Labor Government’s gross mismanagement of the justice system.

Despite repeated warnings, Daniel Andrews and Attorney-General Jill Hennessy haven’t provided the courts with the resources and new technologies needed to keep the justice system moving at this time.

These failures are a risk to community safety with reports of scores of alleged offenders granted bail and living back in the community because the prospect of a trial is so distant.

The Supreme Court has granted bail to a man accused of raping and choking a women he met on Tinder after it was found he would not face trial until 2022 due to the delays in the system.

Despite having unprecedented powers as a result of the COVID-19 response legislation, Attorney-General Jill Hennessy appears to have been asleep at wheel while the justice system grinds to a halt.

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