Permanent Federal Circuit Court Judge to be based in Rocky
Attorney-General George Brandis has announced that a Federal Circuit Court Judge will be based permanently in Rockhampton as of next year.
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry has spent months campaigning for such an appointment to be made, and said the announcement was the most significant event in the city's legal industry in nearly 40 years.
"This is an important outcome for the people of Central Queensland which unfortunately has some of the highest rates of custody disputes and domestic violence in Queensland," she said.
Currently a Federal Circuit Court Judge comes to Rockhampton every six weeks to hear cases, but a massive backlog means some families are waiting two years to have their matters heard.
Others are forced to travel to Brisbane to see a Judge there, which can be an expensive and stressful process.
It is hoped the appointment will not only expedite cases, but also decrease the rate of domestic violence in the community.
The Judge will be based in Rockhampton but service communities across Central Queensland.
The name of the new Judge will be revealed early next year.