Albury District Court Will Sit Longer To Reduce Case Backlog

Albury District Court Will Sit Longer To Reduce Case Backlog

New South Wales Member for Albury Greg Aplin

Extra Sitting Weeks Ease Pressure In District Court

Victor P Taffa

Member for Albury Greg Aplin today welcomed an extra three sittings weeks for the District Court in Albury to help slash the backlog of criminal trials in the region.

Mr. Aplin said Albury District Court is one of the first to benefit from the roll-out of the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s $20 Million package aimed at reducing the pressure on the District Court.

“This is great news for justice services in the electorate.” Mr. Aplin said.

“Thanks to the NSW Liberal National Government’s investment, the additional sitting weeks will certainly make a difference to people involved in cases, particularly victims of crime.”

“Delays cause stress for everyone involved in criminal trials from witnesses who are expected to recall minute details to lawyers and judges managing substantial caseloads.”

The Attorney General said the announcement would address the District Court criminal case backlog, and make a real difference in the court experience for the community.

“The additional weeks at Albury District Court will mean more trials will be heard and finalised in 2016 to deliver the fast, fair and accessible justice that people in the Albury electorate deserve.” Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said.

A total of 33 additional sitting weeks were allocated across seven regional and Western Sydney locations, including the Albury District Court, as part of the first round of the package.

Further sittings in other parts of the state will be announced later in the year.

The package will also fund a range of other initiatives such as targeted trial call-overs to bring parties together to resolve matters earlier, additional public defenders and initial plea discussions to identify early guilty pleas.