Court transcript delays as govt dumps 216 reporters
COMPLAINTS about transcript delays continue to roll in as the State Government prepares to dump 216 court transcript reporters, Queensland's Attorney-General says.
Jarrod Bleijie told an estimates hearing at Parliament House on Thursday he had received two new complaints from barristers waiting weeks or months for some transcripts while he was at a ceremony swearing in a new Supreme Court justice on Wednesday.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk asked for a copy of any complaints received but Mr Bleijie said many of them occurred at social occasions and were not in written form.
Mr Bleijie revealed he had met with a private transcript provider some time before cuts to the State Reporting Bureau were made public.
He said the company was already providing transcripts for several Commonwealth courts and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Mr Bleijie said he was looking at "savings and efficiencies across the board" long before announcements were made.
The government has argued outsourcing the 150 full-time equivalent positions, 216 people, would save up to $6 million a year.
Ms Palaszczuk raised concerned about confidentiality and safeguards surrounding the government's plans to outsource court reporters.
Mr Bleijie said those matters would be "ironed out".
"We've got to make sure they can get it right before we outsource it," he said.
Transcript services are expected to be outsourced by March, 2013.