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Issued: Thursday, 8 October 2015
NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton today announced the $90 million Newcastle Courthouse will begin operating in early 2016.
Ms Upton visited the courthouse after speaking to the Newcastle Property Council earlier today.
"The new Newcastle Courthouse is both a catalyst for, and symbol of, the revitalisation of Newcastle," Ms Upton s aid.
"The flagship development is a $90 million economic shot in the arm for the Hunter. It has been built by the local community for the local community.
"Importantly, when complete in early 2016, it will give the Hunter region the court facilities they need and deserve."
The development is now in its final stages with over 200 local tradespeople on site to complete the fit-out of the seven-storey, 12,000 square metre building.
Since construction began, the project has employed more than1200 people – the majority of these from the Newcastle and Hunter region.
The complex is the largest and most technologically-advanced facility outside Sydney, with 10 state-of-the-art courtrooms and two tribunal rooms that can host Local, District and Supreme Court hearings.
Other major features of the courthouse include:
14 holding cells;
airport style perimeter security;
jury assembly and deliberation areas, legal interview rooms and facilities for victims of crime and support groups;
a state-of-the-art registry;
solar panels, energy efficient air conditioning and the use of natural light to minimise the building's carbon footprint;
extensive use of glass on the building's façade including work by local artists; and