Legislative Council: Tuesday, March 21, 2023


Director of Public Prosecutions

In reply to the Hon. F. PANGALLO ().21 February 2023).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector):

I have asked Mr Hinton KC to address the concerns raised by the honourable member. The director reminded me that, as an officer of the court, a prosecutor has an obligation to disclose relevant material to the court, but that that duty is discharged by disclosure of relevant evidence to the defence. The information in question has been disclosed to Mr Bromley's legal representatives. The extent to which use is made of that material to advance Mr Bromley's case on appeal is a matter for Mr Bromley and his lawyers.

As to the first question, I do not have any concerns about the conduct of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The director is an independent statutory officer, who is bound by his duties under legislation, common law and conduct rules. I do not have any evidence to suggest that the director has not met any of those obligations.