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$20 million justice infrastructure investment welcomed by LIV

$20 million justice infrastructure investment welcomed by LIV

By LIV Media


The State Government investment of $20 million in justice infrastructure across Victoria will make our courts safer and more accessible to all users, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.

LIV President Sam Pandya said the improvements would help upgrade some of our historic court buildings so they become fit for modern requirements, including physical access and audio visual facilities.

“Local communities deserve access to local justice. But many of our court buildings need help to bring them up to modern standards of safety and accessibility,” Mr Pandya said.

“It is great to see that courts across the State including Horsham, Wonthaggi, Sunshine, Moorabbin, East Gippsland, Bass Coast, Wellington and South Gippsland, will benefit from maintenance and other upgrades including security.”

Mr Pandya said the $9.1 million upgrade to make courts more accessible for court users with disabilities was also welcomed. He said physical or cognitive disabilities should not be a barrier to justice..

The judiciary, legal profession, litigants, victims and defendants should be able to access appropriate modern court facilities no matter what their postcode is.

“It is also prudent to provide additional funding to our Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine facilities to help them to prepare for any future events such as this current COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are pleased the government is not only bringing old and historic courts up to date but also preparing for future impacts on the justice system,” he said.

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