Victoria Attorney-General Martin Pakula
Security Upgrade For Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government today announced a $145,000 boost to improve safety and security arrangements at the Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court.
“The upgrades to the Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court will improve security for the many staff and community members who attend the court each week.” Attorney-General Martin Pakula said.
“We want to make sure that people who use our courts feel safe and free from intimidation, especially victims of family violence.”
Building upgrades are a part of the Andrews Government’s $58.1 Million investment in the state’s courts delivered in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.
Building works will include upgrades to the court’s public areas to improve waiting spaces and provide separate areas for opposing parties.
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.
“High quality justice facilities are essential for every community.” Member for Northern Victoria Steve Herbert said.
“The residents of Victoria have a right to expect a safe and secure environment wherever they live, so I am pleased the Andrews Government is making this investment in the Swan Hill community.”
Security officers will also provide roving patrols and escort services for people, including women and children who have been victims of family violence.
Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court sits two days a week and also hears Children’s Court and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (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.