Issued: Monday, 5 September 2016
$770,000 technology upgrade of Campbelltown Courthouse will make hearings more efficient, increase safety and provide better facilities for vulnerable witnesses, Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said today.
Ms Upton toured the court today with Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell MP and Member for Camden Chris Patterson MP.
“High definition Audio Visual Link (AVL) is now operating in seven courtrooms at Campbelltown, reducing the need to bring prisoners to court and creating a safer environment for witnesses and victims,” Ms Upton said.
“The new high definition technology enables the court to hear bail applications and evidence from jail and real-time testimonies from witnesses interstate and abroad,” Mr Patterson said.
“This upgrade meets the needs of a modern court operating in the 21st century, and means children, sexual assault victims and other vulnerable witnesses now have a private and comfortable space where they can testify,” Mr Rowell said.
AVL has also been installed in an interview room so lawyers can seek instructions from clients in custody before they go into court, and in three jury deliberation rooms.
All Campbelltown courtrooms now have a laptop computer for presenting evidence, and a document camera for to help everyone in court with detailed examination of exhibits via a large LCD screen.
AVL is now operating in hundreds of justice facilities across NSW including 212 courtrooms at 73 locations, saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year.
The NSW Government is investing $40 million over four years to install AVL in courts, prisons, juvenile justice centres, police stations, Legal Aid and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ facilities.
“This project is about harnessing the power of technology to deliver a fast, fair and more accessible justice system,” Ms Upton said.