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3 January, 2014

90. Mr M. McGOWAN to the Premier:
Premier, I refer to Chief Justice Wayne Martin’s concerns expressed today about the live streaming of court proceedings.
(1) Does the Premier support his Attorney General in denying the opportunity for the public to see justice in action, including the Rayney appeal?
(2) Is the Chief Justice correct that the position taken by the Attorney General is “a threat to the independence of the judiciary in this state” and “usurping the role of the judiciary”?

Mr C.J. BARNETT replied:
(1)–(2) I am aware of the difference of opinion between the Chief Justice and the Attorney General. I think it is a serious issue that should be carefully and properly considered. I guess we have all seen an episode of Judge Judy on TV.

Ms M.M. Quirk: The Chief Justice would be pleased to be compared with that!

Mr C.J. BARNETT: No, no —

Mr M. McGowan: Yes, that’s what it’s like!

Mr C.J. BARNETT: And there are examples of screening —

Several members interjected.

The SPEAKER: Member for Girrawheen!

Mr C.J. BARNETT: I respect the point of view of the Chief Justice to allow—

Mrs M.H. Roberts: To liken him to Judge Judy? You’re kidding!

Mr C.J. BARNETT: No; to allow people to view proceedings in the court.

Subject: Court Proceedings – Live Streaming [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 9 May 2013

Hansard reference: p. 378 [online (pdf)]

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