Premier Denis Napthine has defended a tough-on-crime agenda despite a prominent bikie failing to appear in court due to overcrowding in the state's prison system.
The police union on Tuesday accused the state government of undermining its own crime fighting mission by ignoring the detainee accommodation problems.
The comments came after Hells Angels senior office bearer Peter “Skitzo” Hewat failed to appear in court because there wasn't room to hold him in the cells.
“Peter Hewat is in custody, that's how we're tough on crime, he's in custody, he's not out on the streets," Dr Napthine said.
“He will be dealt with appropriately by the court, but he is in custody.”
Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge, who was meant to hear Mr Hewat's matter had said it was “absolutely staggering” the executive branch of government would ignore court orders.
On Wednesday Dr Napthine stood alongside the Australian Justice Minister to welcome a federal crackdown on bikie crime, which may lead to more arrests.
He blamed the previous government for the cell "dilemma" and said the government had added 680 new beds to the prison system, with another 2500 in the pipeline.
“It's not something you can fix in a short period of time,” he said.
“We'll work with corrections, we'll work with the court system to maximise the opportunity for people to get their court cases heard as quickly as possible.”
In the meantime, he said, the attorney-general was exploring the possibility of holding some court cases were at weekends “to try to deal with the situation”.
“We are very keen to make sure that people get justice as quickly as possible and we're also keen to send a very strong message that we are tough on crime,” he said.
Dr Napthine said the extra beds, linked to the Hopkins Correctional Centre expansion in Ararat, would not be available until the end of 2014.