Tuesday, 28 February 2017
$160,000 Tech Upgrade for Moss Vale Court
Moss Vale Courthouse will receive a $160,000 technology upgrade to make hearings more efficient and secure, NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman SC and Member for Goulburn Pru Goward announced today.
Mr Speakman said a new high definition Audio Visual Link (AVL) will enable the court to receive evidence from witnesses in offsite locations, including prisons.
“Expert witnesses who can’t attend court because they are interstate or overseas will be able to testify via Audio Visual Link and the technology will also be used to hear bail applications made from custodial facilities,” said Mr Speakman.
“AVL reduces the need to transport prisoners substantial distances for short court appearances, and this cuts cost, minimises delays and increases safety.”
The court will also receive a laptop computer for presenting evidence and a document camera for magnifying exhibits and projecting them onto a new 65-inch LCD screen.
“This means all parties in court will be able to simultaneously examine evidence in intricate detail,” Ms Goward said.
The upgrade will also improve technology used by vulnerable witnesses who give “in-camera” evidence from a private room in the courthouse.
“It’s important to provide children, sexual assault and other particularly vulnerable victims with a private and comfortable space where they can testify - away from the stressful courtroom environment,” Ms Goward said.
The Moss Vale Courthouse registry will remain open during the upgrade which is due to start on 6 March and be completed by 22 March. Court sittings will be transferred to Picton Courthouse during this period. Picton Courthouse reopened on 6 February after extensive restoration work following wild storms in June last year.
Audio Visual Link is now operating in hundreds of justice facilities across NSW, including 203 courtrooms at 68 locations, saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year.