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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Premier's inappropriate intervention calls independence of DPP into question

Media release - 27 April 2012

Barry O'Farrell's public criticism of a magistrate's decision last night and then today congratulating the DPP for appealing that decision are highly inappropriate actions, according to Greens NSW Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge.

"The Premier has completely ignored the separation of powers that has traditionally kept the judiciary independent of the influence of politicians," Mr Shoebridge said.

"The effective independence of the DPP is now open to question given the Premier's unprecedented public intervention in the case.

"The most appalling thing about the Premier's public attack on the magistrate is that he knows convention prevents her from entering into the fray to defend herself.

"Barry O'Farrell is attacking a public official knowing full well they can't respond - it is a free kick.

"If the DPP had not appealed then no doubt that office would have been next to face a public shellacking by the Premier.

"This is no way to treat the criminal justice system in this state.

"The Premier should offer a public apology for his behaviour," Mr Shoebridge said.

Media contact: Mark Riboldi 0433 753 376

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