Attorney-General: Special courts to be reinstated

THE reinstatement of the Murri court, special circumstances court and drug court is one of the recommendations from an inquiry into curbing crime that the Palaszczuk Government will take on board.

The Newman Government controversially axed the courts to save about $35 million over four years.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the government would reinstate the courts as soon as fiscally possible.

She said the government had made a number of commitments that aligned with the report's recommendations and themes.

The Inquiry on Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Criminal Activity report was tabled in November 2014 and Ms D'Ath handed in the final response on Wednesday.

The government has committed itself to reinstating the sentencing advisory council, establishing an independent crime statistical body and publishing independent crime statistics.

It will also undertake court and tribunal audits to ensure they are appropriately resourced.

Ms D'Ath said another strong theme in the report was the need to address domestic, family and sexual violence.

She said seven of the 88 recommendations were directed to Queensland domestic and family violence taskforce.

- APN NEWSDESK


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