A new group are running a campaign via a petition to have the Australian legal system reformed. The campaign is called the “Truth in Justice campaign” (click here to go to their website).
I am not a member of the group nor do I know the people organising it but I have signed up to their petition and I think every Australian should. (Click here to read the petition)
On their site it starts off with a preamble:
“The adversarial legal system that we inherited from another country has numerous mechanisms which conceal or defeat the truth, and procedures which unnecessarily prolong civil and criminal actions.
Results: in criminal matters more than half of the guilty escape justice, while at the same time it is estimated that between 1-3% of people convicted in Australia (or several thousand people every year) are in fact innocent (source: Prof. Paul Wilson, Bond University), and in civil cases hearings can take months or even years.
In properly run truth-seeking systems, as in France and Germany, 95% of guilty accused are convicted while the innocent are rarely even charged due to a series of pre-trial filters; and most civil hearings take less than a day.”
Some of things it says on the petition site:
• The adversarial system operates on the basis that truth does not matter; it is the only system which suppresses evidence.
• Lawyers are allowed to control the evidence and spin the process out.
• Judges are former lawyers, with no training as judges.
• The investigative system used in Europe and other countries is more just because judges trained separately from lawyers search for the truth, and costs less because they have no motive to prolong the process
The actual petition which is directed at the Australian Senate starts off with:
“We, the undersigned concerned citizens, petition the legislature to begin the process of changing to a truth-seeking (inquisitorial) legal system.
As Justice Russell Fox said, justice means fairness; fairness and morality require a search for the truth; and truth means reality, and further that “The public estimation must be correct, that justice marches with the truth.” Yet our adversary system does not try to find the truth: it has numerous anti-truth mechanisms, including six rules which conceal important evidence from jurors.”
If you would like to read or sign the full petition click here.
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Categories: Legal Reform Campaigns