Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Appointment Big Win for Solicitor

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Appointment Big Win for Solicitor

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Byline: Emma Clarke emma.clarke@capnews.com.au

CENTRAL Queensland solicitor Lance Rundle has a knack for settling cases, including the push to have Federal Court Judge Anne Demack based at the Rockhampton Courthouse.

The CQUniversity law lecturer was a strong advocate for the move which came from statistics which showed the region generated almost as many Federal Court cases as Townsville and Cairns, which have permanent judges.

He said a permanent Federal Court judge at Rockhampton Courthouse would reduce delays in parties having their matters heard in Central Queensland.

"I was inspired to meet with the Federal Government and went to Sydney in July 2015 to meet the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court, John Pascoe AO, to appoint a permanent judge to Central Queensland," Mr Rundle said.

"We had the chance to lobby about the costs to the community caused by delays in Federal Court cases, with issues becoming intensified.

"The benefits of a permanent judge result in greater access for our community to the courts, reduced waiting times and from my experience when delay is kept to a minimum parties are more likely to reach a resolution and have closure of their dispute. …

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