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MAGISTRATES COURT AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 2) BILL 60 OF 2003

                                        TASMANIA


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                MAGISTRATES COURT AMENDMENT BILL
                            (No. 2) 2003

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                                        CONTENTS
                1.    Short title
                2.    Commencement
                3.    Principal Act
                4.    Section 4 amended (Appointment of magistrates)
                5.    Section 5 amended (Chief Magistrate)
                6.    Section 6 amended (Deputy Chief Magistrate)
                7.    Section 8 amended (Qualification for appointment)
                8.    Section 9 amended (Tenure of office)
                9.    Section 10 amended (Terms and conditions of service of
                      magistrates)
                10.   Section 11 substituted
                       11.    Where magistrates are to be stationed
                       11A. Hours of work of certain magistrates
                11.   Section 13 amended       (Jurisdiction   and    powers   of
                      magistrates)
                12.   Section 14 amended (Jurisdiction and powers of Chief
                      Magistrate)
                13.   Section 15AC amended (Magistrates Rule Committee)
                14.   Section 16C inserted
                       16C. Inter-court exchanges

[Bill 60]-III

 


 

15. Section 17B amended (Special evidentiary rules) 2

 


 

MAGISTRATES COURT AMENDMENT BILL (No. 2) 2003 (Brought in by the Minister for Justice and Industrial Relations, the Honourable Judith Louise Jackson) A BILL FOR An Act to amend the Magistrates Court Act 1987 Be it enacted by His Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and House of Assembly, in Parliament assembled, as follows: Short title 1. This Act may be cited as the Magistrates Court Amendment Act (No. 2) 2003. Commencement 2. This Act commences on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent. Principal Act 3. In this Act, the Magistrates Court Act 1987* is referred to as the Principal Act. *No. 45 of 1987 [Bill 60] 3

 


 

s. 4 No. Magistrates Court Amendment (No. 2) 2003 Section 4 amended (Appointment of magistrates) 4. Section 4 of the Principal Act is amended as follows: (a) by inserting the following subsections after subsection (1): (1A) Under subsection (1), a person may be appointed as a - (a) permanent full-time magistrate; or (b) permanent part-time magistrate. (1B) If the nature of a person's appointment under subsection (1) is not specified in the instrument of appointment, the person is taken to have been appointed as a permanent full-time magistrate. (1C) A permanent part-time magistrate holds office for such term, not exceeding 5 years, as is specified in the instrument of appointment. (b) by omitting from subsection (5) ", 11,". Section 5 amended (Chief Magistrate) 5. Section 5(1) of the Principal Act is amended by omitting "magistrate" and substituting "permanent full-time magistrate". Section 6 amended (Deputy Chief Magistrate) 6. Section 6 of the Principal Act is amended as follows: 4

 


 

2003 Magistrates Court Amendment (No. 2) No. s. 7 (a) by omitting from subsection (1) "magistrate" and substituting "permanent full-time magistrate"; (b) by omitting from subsection (7) "magistrate" first occurring and substituting "permanent full-time magistrate". Section 8 amended (Qualification for appointment) 7. Section 8(3) of the Principal Act is amended by inserting "permanent part-time magistrate or" after "as a". Section 9 amended (Tenure of office) 8. Section 9 of the Principal Act is amended as follows: (a) by omitting subsection (4) and substituting the following subsection: (4) Notwithstanding anything in subsections (1), (2) and (3) - (a) a permanent full-time magistrate retires from office when he or she turns 65 years of age; and (b) a permanent part-time magistrate retires from office when his or her term of office expires. (b) by omitting subsection (5). 5

 


 

s. 9 No. Magistrates Court Amendment (No. 2) 2003 Section 10 amended (Terms and conditions of service of magistrates) 9. Section 10 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting subsection (1) and substituting the following subsections: (1) A permanent full-time magistrate is entitled to be paid a salary at the rate of - (a) 75% of the salary payable to a puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, if the magistrate is the Chief Magistrate; or (b) 70% of that salary, if the magistrate is the Deputy Chief Magistrate; or (c) 675% of that salary, in any other case. (1A) A permanent part-time magistrate is entitled to be paid such salary as is specified in his or her instrument of appointment. (1B) A magistrate is entitled to be paid such travelling and other allowances as the Governor may from time to time determine or, if there is for the time being no such determination, such travelling and other allowances as are applicable to a person who is a Head of a State Service Agency. Section 11 substituted 10. Section 11 of the Principal Act is repealed and the following sections are substituted: Where magistrates are to be stationed 11. (1) A permanent full-time magistrate is to be stationed in such city or town as the Attorney- General from time to time determines. 6

 


 

2003 Magistrates Court Amendment (No. 2) No. s. 11 (2) A permanent part-time or temporary magistrate is to work at such locations as the Chief Magistrate from time to time determines. Hours of work of certain magistrates 11A. A permanent part-time or temporary magistrate is to work such hours as the Chief Magistrate from time to time determines. Section 13 amended (Jurisdiction and powers of magistrates) 11. Section 13 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting subsection (2) and substituting the following subsection: (2) A magistrate, by virtue of his or her office and without further commission or authority, is a justice. Section 14 amended (Jurisdiction and powers of Chief Magistrate) 12. Section 14 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting subsection (2) and substituting the following subsection: (2) The Chief Magistrate, by virtue of his or her office and without further commission or authority, may, in his or her capacity as Chief Magistrate, exercise and perform, throughout the State, all the jurisdiction, powers and functions conferred or imposed on the Chief Magistrate by or under any law of the State. 7

 


 

s. 13 No. Magistrates Court Amendment (No. 2) 2003 Section 15AC amended (Magistrates Rule Committee) 13. Section 15AC(2) of the Principal Act is amended by omitting paragraph (c) and substituting the following paragraph: (c) the permanent full-time magistrates; and Section 16C inserted 14. Before section 17 of the Principal Act, the following section is inserted in Part IV: Inter-court exchanges 16C. (1) The Chief Magistrate may enter into an arrangement with the Chief Magistrate of another State or a Territory that provides for either or both of the following: (a) a magistrate of this State to serve for a period as a magistrate in that other State or that Territory; (b) a magistrate of that other State or that Territory to serve for a period as a magistrate in this State. (2) An arrangement under subsection (1) is to be on such terms, consistent with this Act, as the Chief Magistrate and the other Chief Magistrate determine. (3) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a person is not eligible to exercise powers or perform functions as a magistrate in this State pursuant to an arrangement entered into under that subsection unless he or she holds an appointment under section 4(4) as a temporary magistrate. 8

 


 

2003 Magistrates Court Amendment (No. 2) No. s. 15 Section 17B amended (Special evidentiary rules) 15. Section 17B of the Principal Act is amended by omitting "magistrates" and substituting "permanent full- time magistrates". Government Printer, Tasmania 9

 


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