Australian police push for separate terrorism court

Australian police push for separate terrorism court

[JURIST] Senior anti-terrorism experts in the Australian police are lobbying for the establishment of a court that would deal exclusively with terrorist trials and include such elements of a French-style civil law system [overview of French anti-terrorism law and procedure, in French] as judicial interrogation in order to handle terrorism cases more effectively. Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock [official homepage] confirmed Sunday that the Government was aware of the proposal for a "separate judicial stream," but he noted that "the only way we could do it would be to establish a separate commonwealth criminal court," which would need to address matters broader than terrorism alone in order to justify the additional cost. Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty [official profile], who has backed the proposal, also recently argued that a terrorist court should be taken offshore and administered by an international body. The Australian has more.