New technology for Queanbeyan Courthouse
Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced that the NSW Government is investing $300,000 to install new technology at Queanbeyan Courthouse to improve and modernise services for court users.
Mr Barilaro said the upgrade is part of the Baird Government’s four year $40 million Audio Visual Link Consolidation Project (AVL) that will expand technology to meet current and future needs of criminal and civil proceedings in a safer, more efficient justice system.
“For the first time, Queanbeyan will have high definition AVL in local and district courtrooms to enable magistrates and judges to hear bail applications made from jail,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This reduces unnecessary costs of transporting prisoners across the state for court appearances. It will also give the court more flexibility to hear testimonies from remote witnesses who live out of town, interstate or overseas.
“High definition facilities will provide the court with faster and higher quality video connections ensuring more reliable AVL services.”
The project also involves installing AVL services in a remote witness room, making it easier for vulnerable witnesses, such as sexual assault victims, to give evidence from a safe location.
“Remote witness facilities spare sexual assault victims the trauma of having to come face-to-face with their attacker in the courtroom,” Mr Barilaro said.
Queanbeyan will also receive a video suite for legal practitioners so they can interview clients in custody without having to travel to prison.
In addition to this, a digital presenter will be provided in court and jury rooms to allow exhibits to be projected onto high definition screens so participants can view images, videos and documents clearly.
The new technology will be installed at Queanbeyan before the end of the year.
The AVL project covers 99 courts, 34 correctional centres, nine Juvenile Justice facilities, 89 police stations, 10 metropolitan and regional officers of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and 21 Legal Aid offices.