Posted August 02, 2012 13:12:58
A Gold Coast lawyer says court proceedings will take much longer to complete if jobs are cut at the State Reporting Bureau (SRB).
SRB staff have told the ABC they are deeply concerned about a News Limited report suggesting 200 jobs will be outsourced.
It is understood management is urgently seeking confirmation of the cuts from the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.
SRB is responsible for recording court proceedings and providing transcripts to lawyers, juries and the public.
Gold Coast lawyer Bill Potts says scaling back the service would severely impact the delivery of justice.
“Trials, which cost anything up to $30,000 to $50,000 will be delayed,” Mr Potts said.
A spokeswoman for the office of the Attorney-General refused to comment on what she described as “rumours”.
However, she says all Ministers have been directed to find savings.