Trials delayed as police ordered to G20
GLADSTONE will be left with a very thin blue line and court delays as the city sends 40 police to help out at one of the country's biggest security operations.
Defendants will have to cool their heels for at least a week during the 2014 G20 Leaders' Summit because there won't be enough police to staff the city's courts.
Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group member and Gladstone resident Paula Matthews said the delay wasn't fair on victims.
"The longer cases drag on, the harder it is," Mrs Matthews said.
"I think the cases should be heard straight away, to have to keep sitting around and waiting stops victims from getting closure.
"It plays around in your head, having to wait is not nice at all," she said.
The Department of Justice said the situation was unavaoidable.
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"Court Services is continuing liaisons with the Queensland Police concerning court arrangements in the lead up to and during the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November and the Finance Ministers meeting in Cairns in September," a Justice and Attorney-General spokesperson said.
"Due to the extensive police operational requirements during the G20 summit a decision has been made that all Supreme, District and Magistrates Court criminal matters where officers are needed to give evidence will be held over until after summit.
"It is expected that this rescheduling will lead to little if any disruption to court proceedings."
The Police Media and Public Affairs Branch said around 40 officers from the Gladstone Patrol Group would be in Brisbane.
The officers will perform a range of duties including crowd management, command, dignitary protection and venue security.
The majority of the deployment will be from November 10 to 18.
The length of the deployment is dependent on the role that each officer is performing.
"The security operation around the G20 Leaders' Summit is the largest peacetime security operation in Australia's history, and is therefore resource intensive," the a Police Media spokesperson said.
"Around 4000 Queensland Police Officers are required to police the G20 Leaders' Summit, and all police regions and districts will be providing officers, as well as 1,500 interstate and New Zealand police officers.
"In order to provide an effective policing presence for the G20 events in Queensland, and continue to manage the policing requirements of the whole state, it was decided to enforce a leave embargo for this duration.