THE GOVERNMENT will be able to appoint its own interim replacement for the Director or Public Prosecutions under new legislation that will be tabled in parliament today.
Attorney-General Brian Wightman said the proposed amendment to the Director of Public Prosecutions Act would remove the requirement that the role of acting Director of Public Prosecutions be filled by the Solicitor-General.
Solicitor-General Leigh Sealy has been acting DPP since April, when DPP Tim Ellis went on extended leave following a car crash that killed a 27-year-old Launceston woman.
Mr Ellis has since been charged with causing her death by negligent driving and will face court next month.
Mr Wightman said Tasmania was the only state that restricted the appointment of acting DPP in this way, and said Mr Sealy had said the arrangement was not ideal.
He said it could give rise to a conflict of interest and was causing resourcing issues.
``This amendment will immediately relieve the Solicitor-General of the burden of juggling two roles, allow the early appointment of an eligible person to the position of acting Director of Public Prosecutions and ease the strain on resources in both offices,'' Mr Wightman said.
The amendment does not cover the lifetime tenure afforded to DPPs, which Mr Wightman said in a budget estimates committee would be reviewed.
Tasmania is the only state in Australia that still has lifetime appointments for the DPP and the Solicitor-General.