Security boost: Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced $330,000 to upgrade Colac’s court.
Colac Magistrates Court willreceive a $330,000 safety upgrade as part of the Victorian government’s implementation ofRoyal Commission intoFamily Violence recommendations.
Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula visited the court on Thursday to announcethe upgrade plan.
The security-focusedredevelopment of the court will include the creation of a separate waiting area, a safe interview room and the installation of screening in the courtto allow parties to be separated.
Security officers will make use ofanewwalk-through metal detector andhandheld scanning wands as well as conductingroving patrols and escort services to assistvulnerable people.
The building’s registry area will also be revamped.
“The refurbishment planned for the Colac courthouse will deliver on key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence,” Mr Pakula said.
“It is crucial that when vulnerable people, especially those caught up in family violence, attend court they can do so in a safe manner, free from threat or intimidation.”
The moneyforms part of $58.1 million in funding for the state’s justice system that was allocated in last week’s state budget.
Works on the building, which was constructed in 1964, are due to becompleted in the middle of 2018.
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