SECURITY UPGRADE FOR SWAN HILL MAGISTRATES’ COURT

The Andrews Labor Government today announced a $145,000 boost to improve safety and security arrangements at the Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court.

The building upgrades are a part of the Labor Government’s $58.1 million investment in the state’s courts delivered in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

The building works will include upgrades to the court’s public areas to improve waiting spaces and provide separate areas for opposing parties.

The works will create a safer experience for those attending court by reducing opportunities for harm and intimidation, delivering on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Building safety will be improved with new handheld scanning wands for security officers and a new walk-through metal detector to reduce the risk of prohibited items being brought into the court building.

The security officers will also provide roving patrols and escort services for people, including women and children who have been victims of family violence.

The Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court sits two days a week and also hears Children’s Court and VCAT matters.

Planning for the upgrades began in July last year and the refurbishment works are due for completion in mid-2018. Deployment of security offices will begin from 1 July 2017.

Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula

“The upgrades to the Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court will improve security for the many staff and community members who attend the court each week.”

“We want to make sure that people who use our courts feel safe and free from intimidation, especially victims of family violence.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Steve Herbert

“High quality justice facilities are essential for every community.”

“The residents of Victoria have a right to expect a safe and secure environment wherever they live, so I am pleased the Andrews Labor Government is making this investment in the Swan Hill community.”

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