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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
Page: 2309

Mr James (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that police prosecutors in the Courts of Petty Sessions in the Australian Capital Territory are to be replaced by qualified lawyers from the Attorney-General's Department.

(2)   If so, what is the anticipated additional cost of implementing this scheme in a full year.

Mr Enderby - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   It is envisaged that all prosecution work in the Australian Capital Territory will be carried out by legal officers of the Deputy Crown Solicitor's office, Attorney-General's Department. As an interim step, police prosecutors have been physically located in the Deputy Crown Solicitor's office and are performing their prosecution duties under the direction of the Deputy Crown Solicitor.

(2)   As the change to legal officer prosecutors will be gradual, probably over a period of several years, it is not possible to answer this question.

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