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Courts on high alert as floods near

Courts on high alert as floods near

Brisbane's inner-city courthouses are being closely monitored by officials as floodwaters from the Brisbane River start to creep into the CBD.A Department of Justice spokesman told the…

Brisbane's inner-city courthouses are being closely monitored by officials as floodwaters from the Brisbane River start to creep into the CBD.

A Department of Justice spokesman told the Australian Associated Press that most of the courts were remaining open at this stage, with only one court - the Federal Court at North Quay - deciding to close it's doors tomorrow (12 January).

However, the spokesman said that many cases may be delayed because of an inability to get to court.

"We are taking things case by case. If a juror can't reach the courts complex, a trial will be adjourned. The same for lawyers, witnesses, court staff, defendants, etc," he said.

"If they are unable to reach the buildings because of floods the cases will be adjourned."

Judges have been asked to give priority to prisoners from Borallon high security prison, on the outskirts of Ipswich, which is on high alert. This came amid concerns that the truck in which prisoners were transported from the jail to Brisbane's court complexes would not make it back before the area was cut off by floodwaters.

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