NEW TECHNOLOGY NEEDED
AT GUNNEDAH COURTHOUSE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today toured the Gunnedah Courthouse to help identify any upgrades needed to improve safety and efficiencies for the local court.
Mr Anderson said it was clear that the courthouse desperately needed new technology like Audio Visual Links, in order to improve the day to day operations.
“I have had people complain to me about the lack of modern audio visual equipment and today I saw first-hand exactly what they have been complaining about.
“Gunnedah courthouse uses very old and outdated electronic equipment. There is no capacity for prisoners to appear via video conference, and at times local police have used personal laptops, CD’s, thumb drives and mobile phones during court proceedings to display exhibits to the magistrate.
“Upgraded Audio Visual Links will help make justice fast, fair and accessible for anyone involved in court proceedings at Gunnedah.
“In addition to court operations, any new technology will help keep local police on the job in Gunnedah rather than long trips transporting prisoners to court from correctional facilities such as Tamworth, which at times, can be more than a five hour round trip taking up valuable time and costing money.
“With these upgrades prisoners in Tamworth will be able to appear in Gunnedah via Audio Visual link.
“This is also about protecting victims and witnesses who could see the benefits of AV technology by delivering evidence remotely. This would save costly trips and possible emotional hardship from being in the same court as someone they may be testifying against.
“It’s time to bring Gunnedah Courthouse up to speed with modern Audio Visual equipment. I will now discuss this with NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton and stress the importance of seeing these upgrades implemented,” Mr Anderson concluded.