We received an important notification from the Parole Board of Queensland about the suspension of the Court-Ordered Immediate Parole Eligibility (COIPE) Project.
The COIPE Project started on 2 September 2019 and aimed to develop a sustainable and efficient administrative way to promptly process the parole applications of prisoners who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment with an immediate parole eligibility date. That is, prisoners who become eligible for parole on the same day of their sentence hearing. The COIPE Project initially relied upon the cases from the Ipswich District and Magistrates Courts but on 2 March 2020, the pilot was expanded to cases from the Beenleigh District and Magistrates Courts. On 5 May 2020, the pilot was further extended to also capture cases from the Brisbane Supreme Court and District Court.
Given the recent issues with parole application delays, the Parole Board has confirmed that the Project will be suspended from 16 September 2021 until at least July 2022.
We can advise that all parole applicants subject to orders made by the courts on or before 16 September 2021, which would have been captured by the COIPE Project, will be considered under its processes.