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Rocky lawyer slams comments about judges and magistrates

Solicitor Doug Winning happy with the trial outcome.
Solicitor Doug Winning happy with the trial outcome.

ROCKHAMPTON criminal lawyer Doug Winning has slammed the Newman Government's crackdown on bikies.

Mr Winning said recent comments by those at the top of the Newman Government vilified judges and magistrates as "apologists to paedophiles".

He said the pressure from the government for the state's judiciary to "start realising what the community wants and act accordingly" after a bikie was granted bail, had caused concern in legal circles.

He said these comments and the current political climate could potentially undermine the public's confidence in the judiciary system.

"That said juries are part of the justice system and represent the community but it translates as an attempt by executive to potentially contaminate the trial process," Mr Winning said.

The lawyer, who has represented bikies on numerous occasions, said he does not believe people will receive a fair trial in Queensland due to recent political interference and the unprecedented attack on the judiciary system.

"I've never seen such a contemptible attack on the integrity of the judiciary," he added.

He said he had cases coming up involving bikies which could be adjourned, if his clients did not feel they could get a fair trial.

Added to this, many criminal lawyers were concerned about their roles in the criminal justice system and had a fear of retribution by the police driven government if they were acting for clients who might be bikies.

"I was attacked by the Bligh government relentlessly for acting for bikies between 2003 and 2007 - it seems this government is more serious than the Bligh government. What this government is trying to do is bully lawyers for acting for contentious criminals such as bikies," Mr Winning said.

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