$700k upgrade for Lismore Courthouse tech, buildings
A $700,000 investment in the latest digital technology and building improvements will make it easier and quicker to deliver justice in Lismore and Casino, NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said on her visit to the area yesterday.
A $400,000 investment in Lismore was used to upgrade the latest audio-visual link equipment, as well as introducing other state-of-art digital technology, Ms Upton said.
"This upgrade will help bring Lismore Courthouse into the 21st century," she said.
The latest court-based digital screen technology can handle multiple formats, and will help to reduce the huge amounts of paperwork currently helping to keep the court system functioning.
The new technology will also be more reliable and help to reduce delays.
The new audio visual technology enables courts to hear testimony from interstate and overseas witnesses as well as bail applications form people in jail.
Taking people to court from jail cost time and resources, and kept police off street patrols, the Attorney General said.
The government had a priority to speed-up justice, making it a fairer system for the accused, victims, witnesses and the families involved.
Audio visual link facilities were being upgraded to high definition in two courtrooms, while a third was getting the technology for the first time, local MP Thomas George said.
"Installing AVL in three courtrooms will ensure no one has to wait to use the equipment-which means matters will be dealt with sooner," he said.
The remote witness room was a "private and secure area where vulnerable witnesses give 'in camera' evidence to the court to reduce the stress and trauma of taking part in the justice".
The Attorney-General also visited the Casino courthouse where $300,000 has been spent.
Renovations include a new entrance ramp, internal and external handrails, tactile indicators for the vision impaired, better bathroom facilities, and lighting.