A bikie High Court challenge to laws targeting motorcycle gang members could be heard later this year.
A Hells Angels challenge to Queensland’s anti-bikie laws could be heard by the High Court later this year.
Gang member Stefan Kuczborski is the face of a bikie challenge to the laws, arguing they undermine the institutional integrity of the state’s courts.
Mr Kuczborski and his backer, the United Motorcycle Council of Queensland, also say the laws deny people the rights of freedom of speech and natural justice.
At a directions hearing in Brisbane on Monday, High Court Justice Patrick Keane indicated he would like the case heard in the first week of the court’s September sittings.
If the estimated three-day hearing doesn’t take place then it probably won’t happen until next year, the court heard.
Solicitor Zeke Bentley, for Mr Kuczborski, told AAP he was confident the challenge would succeed.
“I think it’s bad law and it’s important to the institutional integrity of the courts that it’s set aside, and I hope that the High Court agrees,” he said.
The Newman government’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws introduced last year ban motorcycle gang members gathering in public or at clubhouses.
Members also face an extra 15 years’ imprisonment for serious crimes, or 25 years for office-bearers.