3 Aug 2022

Justice delayed is justice denied

From Nine To Noon, 9:20 am on 3 August 2022

There are concerns that victims might pull the plug on their cases or stop reporting crime altogether as the wheels of justice grind ever so slowly.

The Covid pandemic has intensified the strain on the court system creating lengthy delays.

It's taking well over two years for some jury trials to reach court, while other hearings are being repeatedly postponed and re-scheduled. New sexual violence legislation due at the end of the year which will allow complainants to pre-record their cross examination evidence, could slow the system even further.

To discuss the toll on both victims and on justice itself, Susie is joined by Dr Petrina Hargrave from Victim Support and the President of the Criminal Bar Association Fiona Guy Kidd QC.

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