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Issued: Friday, 18 September 2015
The NSW Government's investment in better technology at Bega Courthouse to make access to justice faster and easier will be complete within a week.
Attorney General Gabrielle Upton and Member for Bega Andrew Constance today announced Bega Courthouse will receive high definition Audio Visual Link technology two months ahead of the original schedule.
"By harnessing better technology, we are making access to justice faster and easier in our courts. This upgrade brings Bega Courthouse into the 21st century, and gives the community the facilities they need and deserve," Ms Upton said.
"The new Audio Visual Link (AVL) technology enables the court to hear bail applications made from jails and testimonies from witnesses interstate and abroad."
Mr Constance said the investment provided AVL in both courtrooms and in a private room that can be used by vulnerable witnesses giving 'in camera' evidence or lawyers speaking to clients in custody.
"The project was originally scheduled for completion by the end of the year, but was brought forward due to the community's urgent need for the facilities," Mr Constance said.
"Bega deserves state-of-the-art AVL so that justice can be delivered faster and the court has greater flexibility in how it receives evidence. AVL minimises the risk of delays and inconvenience which is great news for victims of crime.
"It also creates a safer and more cost-effective system by reducing the need for prisoners to travel lengthy distances for short appearances."
New digital evidence technology which includes a document camera and laptop is also being installed in both courtrooms. This will allow all court users to view exhibits simultaneously and scrutinise minute details.
Technology will also be installed in the court's jury deliberation room to allow jurors to review evidence from laptops and on high definition screens.