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Fri Jul 8, 2011 5:20pm AEST
The Court of
Appeal has found that the parole board
breached its statutory obligations
Western Australia's highest court has
found that the state's parole board breached
statutory obligations in the way it dealt with three
Two men with bikie
links and a convicted murderer took the Prisoners
Review Board to the Court of Appeal over its
decision to cancel their parole.
They argued were dealt
with unfairly and in a judgement today the appeal
court upheld some of their arguments.
It found that the
board failed to provide the men adequate reasons for
its decision to cancel their parole and adopted an
inflexible policy on whether they should be allowed
to appear before it.
However the court
ruled the men had not established that their parole
cancellation should be overturned, although it
invited their lawyers to make further submissions on
Former Gypsy Joker
President Lennard Kirby was one of the men who took
the board to court.
His lawyer Garry
Massey says although the court has invited further
submissions on his client's case, he was
disappointed it had not overturned the decision to
cancel his parole.
"It would seem on the
face of the judgement the Prisoners Review Board can
exist in a situation where it's not required to
provide procedural fairness or adequate reasons," he
"Now that's probably
an issue for Parliamentarians as to whether that's
the sort of board or body that we want governing the
release of prisoners."
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