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Issued: Thursday, 8 October 2015
The NSW Government is making access to justice faster, more accessible and easier for victims at Toronto Courthouse investing $200,000 in state-of-the-art technology.
NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton today visited the Toronto Courthouse to inspect the installation of high definition Audio Visual Link (AVL) technology which was completed in September 2015.
Ms Upton said with the court now fully equipped cases are proceeding more efficiently with fewer delays due to technological issues.
"The technology reduces the need to transport prisoners lengthy distances for short court appearances, saving taxpayers' millions of dollars each year and creating a more secure justice system," Ms Upton said.
"The new Audio Visual Link (AVL) technology enables the court to hear bail applications made from jail and testimonies from witnesses interstate and abroad.
"By harnessing better technology, we are making access to justice faster and easier in our courts. "This upgrade brings Toronto Courthouse into the 21st century, and gives the community the facilities they need and deserve.
"Importantly, the remote witness room has been upgraded which means vulnerable witnesses give 'in camera' evidence in a private room and secure area reducing the stress and trauma of taking part in the justice system.
"It takes courage for vulnerable victims of crime to come forward and the NSW Government wants to do everything it can to reduce the trauma for them when they attend court," Ms Upton said.