Victoria’s Earliest Surviving Courthouse Re-Opens Following Security Upgrade

Victoria’s Earliest Surviving Courthouse Re-Opens Following Security Upgrade

Victoria Attorney-General Martin Pakula

Kyneton Law Court Re-Opens After Security Upgrade

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government has delivered safer and more secure court facilities in Kyneton, as well as important building upgrades.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas re-opened the heritage Kyneton Law Court today following the completion of a major $2 Million redevelopment.

“This major redevelopment of the Kyneton Law Court is part of our record investment in upgrading safety, security and access to courts across Victoria.” Attorney-General Martin Pakula said.

“Government is implementing all of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence and providing more support for victims in regional and remote communities.”

Kyneton Law Court will resume sitting on Monday, 15 October and includes:

  • New safe interview room,
  • Separate waiting spaces,
  • Visual separation barrier in the courtroom to improve the safety of people attending court, especially victims of family violence.

3 new security officers will be present on sitting days to provide entry screening and a roving security presence, and escort for vulnerable people when required.

A new secure connection between the Kyneton Police station and the courthouse will ensure the safer movement of people in custody.

Kyneton Courthouse upgrade also includes:

  • New disability access ramps,
  • New accessible toilet facilities,
  • Refurbished Heritage roof and interior,
  • Wider doors

Building works began in October 2017, with hearings moved to Castlemaine during construction.

Kyneton Law Court held more than 2800 hearings in 2016-17 and finalised almost 300 family violence intervention order matters.

Kyneton courthouse is the earliest surviving courthouse in Victoria established after its separation from New South Wales in 1851.

VIC Attorney-General Martin Pakula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This is the first major redevelopment of this historic courthouse since Ned Kelly was here as a teenager.” Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas said.

Works deliver on Recommendation 182 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence by better supporting victim survivors of family violence in rural, regional and remote communities.

Works are part of the Government’s $58.1 Million investment in court safety and security in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, and $12.2 Million investment in court sustainability in the Victorian Budget 2017/18.

 

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Kyneton Courthouse