New South Wales Courts Receives Funding For Technology Upgrades

New South Wales Courts Receives Funding For Technology Upgrades

New South Wales Attorney-General Mark Speakman

$19.3 Million Technology Boost For New South Wales Courts

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales (NSW) Government is investing $19.3 Million over 3 years concluding in 2019 to upgrade technology at dozens of Local, District and Supreme courthouses across the state, NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman today announced.

Attorney-General Speakman said courtrooms in Sydney and regional NSW will be fitted with high definition Audio-Visual Link (AVL) technology to deliver faster and safer justice.

“AVL saves NSW taxpayers millions of dollars by eliminating the high cost of transporting accused persons across the state for bail applications, sentence hearings and other short court appearances.” Attorney-General Speakman said.

“Most importantly, it allows children and other vulnerable victims to give ‘in camera’ evidence from a private safe room, reducing the stress and trauma of taking part in the criminal and civil justice system.” Attorney-General Speakman said.

“It also enables expert witnesses, who cannot travel, to provide evidence from regional, interstate or overseas locations.”

AVL is currently available at more than 200 justice locations including 76 courts. Almost 70 % of court appearances in NSW happen via video link with more than 80,000 AVL court appearances and professional interviews occurring in the 2015/16 financial year.

AVL upgrades have already been completed at 10 District Courts at the Downing Centre, 7 courtrooms at Parramatta Local Court and 6 courtrooms at Parramatta Children’s Court, as well as a number of suburban and regional locations, including Sutherland and Liverpool.

Further upgrades will be undertaken at the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney, plus, Blacktown, Windsor, and Mudgee courthouses.

Attorney-General Speakman said AVL is an extremely effective and efficient use of resources and a safer option for inmates, detainees, staff and the community.

“By connecting our vast network of courthouses and justice facilities we can get on with the job of delivering better services for all court users in this digital age.”