Review of the Police Complaints Act

Retired District Court Judge Gordon Barrett QC has been appointed to review South Australia’s Police Complaints and Discipline Act.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said that, under the Act, a review was required within three years of its commencement in 2017.

“This review will help inform our understanding of how the Act has been operating to date, and any improvements that can be made moving forward,” Attorney-General Chapman said.

“Gordon Barrett has 40 years’ experience in the legal sector – first as a solicitor, then as a barrister practising mainly in criminal defence, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996. He retired as a judge of the District Court in March of this year after serving almost 14 years on the bench.

“In that time, he has worked with distinction, independence and great insight, and I’m certain he will approach this review with the same diligence and rigour that he has applied to his work as both a lawyer and judge.”

Ms Chapman said that the statutory review would consider the findings of Independent Commissioner Against Corruption the Honourable Bruce Lander QC.

“Earlier this year, Mr Lander initiated his own review of the Act, seeking the views of both the Police Commissioner and the Police Association of South Australia,” Ms Chapman said.

“This review will consider Mr Lander’s report and build on the work that has already been undertaken.”

The review is to be completed by 19 April 2020. Members of the public can make submissions by emailing: pcdareview@sa.gov.au