Transportable courtroom will improve space, security
Karratha courthouse will receive a welcome increase in space and facilities next week when a purpose-built transportable courtroom formerly used in Kununurra is moved on to the court site.
A WA Department of the Attorney-General spokesman said the majority of a $4.88 million courtroom, previously used in Kununurra while its permanent courthouse was being built, would be moved to better service Karratha while the custody cells went to Broome.
“Most of the temporary court will now be relocated to Karratha, doubling the number of courtrooms and allowing for separate magistrate and jury trial courtrooms for the first time,” he said.
The spokesman said it will also include facilities for remote witness testimony, a jury deliberation room, and more up-to-date incourt technology.
Legal Aid WA director of regions Lex Payne welcomed the new infrastructure and said the lack of space and security in the Karratha courthouse had long been a problem for lawyers.
Mr Payne said some courthouses in regional and remote WA were worse off, but Karratha’s high volume of clients made it difficult to cope with inadequate facilities.