Expert encourages lawyers to defend the legal system

FORMER Queensland Solicitor-General Walter Sofronoff has put the controversy surrounding the state's judiciary system in the spotlight and encouraged lawyers to stand up for ridiculed judges.

In giving a lecture as part of an Australia Academy of Law function in Brisbane on Thursday to a room full of legal minds, Mr Sofronoff said attacks on the judiciary system could scandalise the court and have a destructive effect.

In his lecture, he quoted former Premier Campbell Newman.

"Many of you will remember that in February 2014 the then Premier was reported in the paper as having said this about lawyers, all of you," he said, before quoting Mr Newman as saying that lawyers took money from people who sold drugs to teenagers.

He further quoted Mr Newman: "Yes, everybody's got a right to be defended under law but you've got to see it for what it is. They are part of the machine, part of the criminal gang machine and they will say anything to defend their clients and try and get them off…'"

Mr Sofronoff has previously publicly criticised the Newman Government decision to appoint Chief Justice Tim Carmody, but he did not bring this up during his speech.

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He did say recent attacks had defamed particular legal practitioners, the profession and judges.

Mr Sofronoff also said it was lawyers' duties to defend the judiciary.


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