Done well, an immediate oral judgment at the end of a hearing has obvious, tangible benefits: instantaneous closure of the case for the parties, tribunal efficiencies – and, one less reserved decision!
It’s much easier said than done, of course. It isn’t easy, and many find the whole idea nerve-wracking. And speed can have a cost, and some pitfalls.
Two experienced judges (and, former tribunal members) explore the big questions (Is this a suitable case?) and all the elements and facets of the exercise – ensuring your oral decision touches all the necessary bases; preparing yourself, and organising your material; managing the hearing in ways that help you; and effective, lucid, and logical delivery.
Judge Sandy Horneman-Wren SC District Court of Queensland, former Deputy President of QCAT
His Honour Judge Alexander (Sandy) Horneman-Wren SC was born and raised in Rockhampton. He was sworn in as a Judge of the District Court of Queensland on 1 November 2012. Prior to his appointment he practised at the Brisbane bar from 1993, being appointed Senior Counsel in 2009. His Honour is also a Judge of the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland and the Children’s Court of Queensland and was Deputy President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for 3 years from 2012 to 2015. His Honour is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law and Justice within the University of Southern Queensland.
Hon Alan Wilson QC Former President, QCAT
The Honourable Mr Alan Wilson QC, former Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland and inaugural President of Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.