/ 08 August 2023

A reckoning for the ACT’s legal system


The report from the Sofronoff Inquiry into the prosecution of Bruce Lehrmann has been released, and, as previewed last week, the findings are not pretty for the ACT’s former chief prosecutor Shane Drumgold. The main findings of misconduct against Drumgold over his actions in taking up former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ allegations against Lehrmann were already out there, and yesterday didn’t cast a new light on that… What is new is the ACT Government has ruled out reviewing 18 criminal cases led by Drumgold since taking the job in 2019. Some commentators argued that was necessary because of the scathing assessment of his work. But the government is getting advice on whether Sofronoff’s leak of the report to 2 media outlets breached the law… The government says it “interfered with the due process that should have been afforded to impacted parties”, and ACT leader Andrew Barr called it a “significant lapse of judgement”. Still, the report’s recommendations have been accepted.

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