Wollongong Court to Close for Renovations

Wollongong Court will close at the end of next year, but for how long….?

According to a report by Emma Spillet, Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson wrote to the Law Society of NSW earlier this month about the closure, saying Wollongong Local Court matters would be relisted at Port Kembla, Kiama, Albion Park and Sutherland.

Wollongong and District Law Society president David Potts has slammed the decision, saying a partial closure would have been a better option.

“Although the renovations will take longer, the inconvenience to the community would likely be reduced,” he said.

“Our concern is that this closure will make it very difficult for many people in the area; it’s likely that thousands of people will be affected [including] parties to proceedings, witnesses and the police.”

A spokesman for the Attorney-General’s Department said closing the court was the least disruptive option: “Conducting court sittings at a noisy and dusty construction site is not an option and would cause significant delays to the completion of the project.”

Mr Potts said the society was particularly concerned about defendants in custody, as it understood there were limited cell facilities at other courts in the region.

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