Queensland’s new governor says people who are arrested shouldn’t have a complete right to silence and he’d like to see the law reviewed.
Queensland’s new governor says he’d like to see changes to laws regarding a person’s right to remain silent when arrested.
Paul de Jersey was sworn into office on Tuesday after 16 years as the state’s Chief Justice.
Mr de Jersey says he has concerns about a person’s right to silence when being questioned by police and regrets not changing the laws when he was head of the Supreme Court.
“People should not, when questioned by the police, have a complete right of silence,” he told ABC Radio.
“They should be in a position, arguably, where they’re warned that if they don’t tell their story upfront at that stage, the trial judge may comment on that to the jury at a later stage.”
Mr de Jersey said he thinks a change to the law is worth serious consideration.
“I think we’ve probably reached a stage in the development of our legal system now where something like that could be referred off to the Law Reform Commission certainly for proper processing,” he said.