South Australia will look to enhancing use of audio-visual technologies to offset some of the impacts caused by court closures, said Chief Justice Christopher Kourakis when announcing the closure of Holden Hill Magistrates Court.
In a video posted on the Courts Administration Authority’s (CAA) YouTube channel, Kourakis said that strained budgets have already resulted in closures of “registries in Ceduna, Coober Pedy, Kadina, and Naracoorte…[and] the Adelaide Sturt Street District Courtrooms.”
However, Kourakis said that the Authority intends to address some of the inconveniences of court closures with improved audio-visual services.
“The Authority’s strategy for the future is to expand audio-visual appearances and on-line access to the Courts.
“We will work with other justice agencies to implement these measures which will both facilitate access to the courts and introduce efficiencies.”
NSW was allocated $40 million over four years in their 2014-15 budget to “commence the Justice Audio Visual Link consolidation project to enable court hearings to be undertaken with witnesses in locations across the State.”
The NSW scheme covers about 100 courts, 89 police stations, 34 correctional centres, and numerous juvenile justice facilities along with Legal Aid and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ workplaces around the State.