Trans­portable court­room will im­prove space, se­cu­rity

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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