Victorians face longer, more expensive road to justice under Daniel Andrews

Victorians are being denied justice by the Andrews Labor Government as backlogs and the average cost of bringing matters to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) sky-rocket out of control.

In 2014, before coming to Government, Labor promised it would fix “the clogging of the court system” and deal with “the problems being encountered by VCAT, which is intended to be a quick, low-cost and user-friendly alternative to the courts”.

Despite these clear commitments to the Victorian people, we know from the new 2020/2021 VCAT Annual Report that the Labor Government has woefully failed.

Whilst the number of cases being initiated across 2020-21 fell, more Victorians are being left in limbo for justice as the number of pending cases rose by 90 per cent and the number of finalised cases reduced by 19 per cent.

The 2020/2021 Annual Report - recently tabled by Court Services Victoria - also shows that the average cost per case at VCAT is now $1,413 – 43.9 per cent greater than previously estimated.

Comments attributable to Shadow Attorney-General, Dr Matthew Bach:

“Daniel Andrews’ mismanagement and broken promises means a longer, more expensive road to justice for Victorians.

“Instead of focusing on our recovery and getting courts moving again – Daniel Andrews has no plan to cut the costs and delays that are plaguing our justice system.

“Justice delayed is justice denied. Labor must finally provide adequate resources to our courts so Victorians can have their matters heard in a timely way.”