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Five judges for SA's new Court of Appeal

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South Australia’s new dedicated Court of Appeal will begin sitting next year with five judges.

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Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said today that she and the Chief Justice were discussing the possible makeup of the new Court and operational issues ahead of its start date on January 1, 2021.

“Establishing a new Court of Appeal will help deliver efficiencies in the Supreme Court, by allowing appeals to be heard by a dedicated group of judges in a standalone court,” she said.

“By commencing the new court at the start of next year, there will be time to establish the necessary practices and procedures to support the court, and finalise accommodation details.”

Chapman said discussions included “due consideration of likely workload levels and other operational concerns”.

“Additional funding has been allocated for an extra Judge, to ensure that there are sufficient resources in place to allow for the operation of both divisions.” she said.

“With this in mind, it has been determined that the new Court of Appeal will consist of five judges, while seven judges will remain within the General Division of the Supreme Court.

“The Chief Justice will be able to preside over matters in either jurisdiction, as needed.”

Adelaide barrister Mark Livesey QC was last month announced as an appointment to the new Court, with more appointments to be made in coming months.

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