MP Jarrod Bleijie
MP Jarrod Bleijie Cade Mooney

Qld courthouses to stay open

COURTHOUSE closures, including three on the Sunshine Coast , tipped to save the Queensland Government $2.4 million over three years have been ruled out this budget.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie denied seeing or approving a draft press release - obtained by media outlets - about closing Atherton, Holland Park, Landsborough, Nambour, Pomona and Sandgate courthouses.

The draft release said the caseload at Pomona and Landsborough was so small that there were no local sittings and other services they provided would be available at larger courthouses in the area.

Noting the closures would cause some inconvenience, the document quoted Mr Bleijie describing the move as "rationalisation" and claimed the core business of the courts would not be compromised.

The Nambour court sits twice a month.

Mr Bleijie, speaking from Mackay after the new Central Queensland Coroner was sworn in, said the documents had come from an unfortunate leak by someone in his office.

He said the document was prepared without his knowledge and it was not policy.

Mr Bleijie could not confirm whether the courthouses were safe in future budgets.

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the emergence of documents also suggesting scrapping the drug court and outsourcing transcripts - which the government had refused to confirm - showed the Attorney-General could not be trusted.

"These courthouses are essential to the fabric of the community and as a former layer I understand the importance of these courthouses right across regional Queensland," she said.

"They knew there was going to be a public outcry, that is why they stopped this proposal.

"It is not conceivable that a minister would not be across budget proposals.

"He would have intimate knowledge of those budget proposals whether they were successful or not."

A spokeswoman for Mr Bleijie said draft media releases were prepared "to cover a variety of possible outcomes" but none were sighted or approved by the Minister.

"Excepting the announcement that no court houses are to close, final decisions regarding cost savings measures are still pending, and will be announced as part of the state budget," she said.

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