Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced $160,000 to install High definition Audio Visual Link (AVL) systems at Gunnedah Courthouse.


It comes following an inspection of courthouse facilities by Mr Anderson last week that identified the desperate need for new technology like Audio Visual Links, in order to improve the day to day operations.


Mr Anderson said he discussed the urgent need for these upgrades to take place with NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton last week and was pleased to see such prompt action.


“I fought hard for this and now for the first time Gunnedah Courthouse will have Audio Visual Link which means prisoners can appear from prison and evidence can be taken from interstate and overseas witnesses.


“The technology will make a huge difference to the way proceedings are conducted, as prisoners will no longer need to be transported lengthy distances to Gunnedah for court matters that may only take a couple of minutes.


“An additional benefit will be that the new Audio Visual Links could save local police up to 25hours a week, so they don’t have to play taxi to crooks, and allow them to continue doing the important job of keeping our community safe.


“The courtroom in Gunnedah will have a laptop computer for presenting evidence and a document camera capable of zooming in on exhibits and projecting them onto a large LCD screen.


“The upgrade will also include improved technology for vulnerable witnesses to give “in camera” evidence from a private room.


Ms Upton said “It’s important to provide vulnerable witnesses with a private and comfortable space where they can testify -  away from the stressful environment of the courtroom. The power of technology will deliver a fast, fair and efficient justice system,”


Mr Anderson said “I am delighted to see this further investment in Gunnedah, whether it’s the courthouse, roads, schools, police station or hospital it’s all part of my commitment to build a better region.”

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