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DPP Stood Down

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Saturday, 24 January 2015

Tags: Justice

The Greens understand the Attorney General’s decision to recommend to the Governor that the DPP be removed from his position.

“This has been a tragic affair with no winners. We offer our condolences to the Pearn family for their loss,” said Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP.

“It is crucial that public confidence in the DPP be maintained, and we presume that Dr Goodwin’s decision was based on legal advice from former Solicitor General Leigh Sealy.”

”There is a strong argument for the effective life tenure provisions of the DPP and Solicitor General to be amended, but it is vital that the amendments do not compromise the independence from government of either office.”

“Given the pay restraint on the overwhelming majority of public servants, we believe that this is also an opportunity to reassess the frameworks that set the pay levels of the DPP, the Solicitor General, Judges and Magistrates,” Mr McKim said.