Law society welcomes commitment to justice complex
The Law Society of Western Australia has applauded the announcement that the state government will commit $86 million to building new court facilities at the Armadale justice complex.
The Law Society of WA understands that the new justice complex will see the number of courtrooms increased from two to five, with construction due to commence in mid-2017.
“The present courthouse at Armadale has been in need of an upgrade for many years,” Law Society of WA president Elizabeth Needham said.
“The law society has been concerned about overcrowding, unacceptably small courtrooms, insufficient meeting rooms and a troubling lack of privacy, security and parking.
“The state government is therefore to be congratulated for their commitment to building the new complex.”
Ms Needham also welcomed the comments made by the state government that the new facilities will enable the appointments of additional magistrates and court staff.
“The lack of judicial resources in Western Australia is an ongoing problem, often resulting in delayed trials,” Ms Needham said.
“This can magnify the harm done to victims of crime, protracting their engagement with the justice system and delaying their vindication and closure.
“Many of those awaiting trial are in custody on remand. Those who are ultimately acquitted at trial may have been imprisoned for a significant period of time, despite being found not guilty.
“For these reasons the comments of the Hon. Michael Mischin, Attorney-General, regarding the appointment of new magistrates are also very welcome.”