Jarrod Bleijie has faith in courts, well most of them
QUEENSLAND's Attorney-General says "perceived poor relations" between the executive and judiciary had been "magnified out of proportion".
Speaking a large contingent or Brisbane's legal fraternity at an annual Christmas greetings ceremony, Jarrod Bleijie said his end of George St had complete confidence in those in the courts up the other end of the Brisbane street.
He said he believed in civility in public discourse and was pleased with the public debate in the past four months.
There has been a backlash from the judiciary in the wake of new anti-bikie laws introduced after a bikie brawl on the Gold Coast in September.
"It is stating the obvious that the executive government and some members of the legal community have had differences over a variety of topics in the past 12 months," Mr Bleijie said.
"There is nothing fundamentally wrong with this.
"I would much rather live in a society where the executive and the judiciary can go about their business without fear of each other.
"That is not to say the executive and judiciary are not exempt from certain criticisms.
"We legislators are robustly criticised on a daily basis.
"Of course, decisions from magistrates and judges are not exempt from criticism, even robust criticism.
"As your Honour the Chief Justice recently observed, 'occasional robust exchanges do not erode' stability; 'rather, they corroborate' judicial independence and stability.
"What is important to observe is that while the legislators and members of the legal community may from time to time disagree on important issues, that criticism should respect the institutional integrity of the executive and the judiciary.
"Lest the view from one end of George Street to the other has become blurred, the government and people of Queensland continue to have full confidence in the members of this and every court of the state to dispense justice according to their oaths taken."
Mr Bleijie said excellent clearance rates showed courts working efficiently with workloads despite more matters coming before them.
He said the supreme court had cleared 110% of its criminal cases and 111% of its civil cases.
Mr Bleijie said the district court had a 119% clearance rate for criminal matters and 107% for civil cases while the magistrates court cleared 98% of criminal and 97% of civil matters.
Queensland Bar Association president Peter Davis re-affirmed the organisation's commitment to make submissions on new legislation when invited to do so.
"This year has been like any other year in the life of the courts - there have been long cases, difficult cases, there have been cases the results of which have had wide-ranging ramifications," he said.
"And like every other year, the decisions reflect the workings of a robust and independent justice system.
"This has been a year where the parliament has passed a number of acts relevant to law and order and the criminal justice system.''