Design For Shepparton’s New Law Courts Released

The planned Shepparton Law Courts building will be a contemporary addition to the town’s legal precinct that also draws on its rich local history.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula viewed plans for the new courthouse today on his visit to Shepparton, which also included meetings with Elders and respected persons of the Koori Court, and representatives of the Greater Shepparton City Council and Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre.

The new court building, which will incorporate the 1930s heritage courthouse, will feature a welcoming lobby inspired by images of river red gums, plenty of natural light and modern safety features.

Two of the six courtrooms will provide space for juries. There will also be scope for multi-jurisdictional services and flexible courtrooms to meet a range of caseload requirements.

The design incorporates feedback from locals and optimises safety and security for users while providing ease of access within the facility.

Preparatory building works ahead of construction will start next month, including some demolition work and service relocations.

Construction of the new courthouse will start in 2016.

Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula

“The new Shepparton Law Courts precinct will be a centre of courts excellence, setting the standard for future regional court buildings in Victoria.”

“The new court has been designed to reduce court delays, provide more accessible services and offer a safe, secure environment for all users.”

“Improved waiting rooms will mean victims of family violence will be able to attend court feeling safer and more comfortable.”