Justices of the peace to act as judges
JUSTICES of the peace will be asked to act as judges in small civil cases as part of a new trial being conducted in Queensland early next year to save money and time.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced the trial will see justices of the peace adjudicating some cases in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).
Mr Bleijie said there was a greater scope to use the knowledge of JPs as a way to deliver swift and fair justice.
"The pilot program will utilise the skills of JP (Magistrates Court) and qualified JPs to come up with common sense solutions to minor civil disputes of less than $3000 in QCAT," Mr Bleijie said.
"The trial will be used to assess whether the use of JPs in QCAT helps to reduce backlogs by freeing up QCAT adjudicators to deal with more complex matters.
"The JPs who become involved in the pilot program will be given additional training to ensure they are armed with the necessary skills."
For more information go to justice.qld.gov.au and search for "justices of the peace" under the "justice services" tab.