Allegations 30 courthouses to close

Brisbane Supreme District Court
Brisbane Supreme District Court Rae Wilson

ON THE day it trumpeted Queensland's bright future of fighting crime, the Queensland Government was beset by accusations it would soon close courthouses across the state.

The allegations, that 30 court buildings could be shut down, were described as "inaccurate" by a spokeswoman for Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.

It came on top of media claims that court reporting roles could soon be outsourced to the private sector. reported that Premier Campbell Newman refused to say if those roles would be protected..

Mr Bleijie's spokeswoman said claims that 30 buildings could be shut down were wrong, but a final announcement would not be made until the budget was released on September 11.

"Announcements on programs impacted will continue to be made when appropriate," she said.

"We will not be responding to rumours and speculation from unnamed sources."

It was not great timing for Premier Newman and Mr Bleijie who attended the opening of the $570 million Brisbane Supreme Court and District Court, describing it as a new era for justice in the state.

State Governor Penelope Wensley formally opened the building, now known as the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, which began construction under the former Labor Government.

Topics:  courthouse crime queensland government

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