Echuca Magistrates’ Court To Be Upgraded

Echuca Magistrates’ Court To Be Upgraded

Victoria Attorney General Martin Pakula

Echuca Courthouse Set For Major Upgrades

Victor P Taffa

The Andrews Government will upgrade the Echuca Magistrates’ Court, improving community safety and delivering on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The $1.1 Million project is part of the Andrews Government’s $58.1 Million in funding for the state’s justice system delivered in this week’s Victorian Budget 2016/17.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited the Court to announce the plans for a major redesign.

“The refurbishment planned for the Echuca Courthouse will deliver on key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.” Attorney General Martin Pakula said.

The upgrade will provide separate court access and waiting rooms and safe interview rooms to support applicants in family violence matters, ensuring they are able to safely access court facilities and services.

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

“It is crucial that when vulnerable people, especially those caught up in family violence, attend court they can do so in a safe manner, free from threat or intimidation.” Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said.

“The Andrews Government is keeping Victorians safe, and ensuring that our justice system supports those in our community who are most in need.”

Security officers will also operate a new walk-through metal detector and hand-held wands to improve safety and reduce the risk of prohibited items being brought into the court building.