Government action needed to save County Court
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says state government intervention is needed to keep the County Court in Sale.
The Chief Judge of the County Court has advised that they can no longer hold circuit in Sale due to the nature of the historic, but outdated building, which results in the risk of mistrials.
Speaking in Parliament, Mr O’Brien said the decision of the County Court to discontinue circuit in Sale had been met with dismay and disappointment by local residents.
Mr O’Brien says the condition and maintenance of the building is a matter for the state government to address.
“The Attorney-General should be working with Court Services Victoria to ascertain what works are needed and then fund them appropriately.
“In this day and age, to force people from Wellington shire to travel to Morwell, which is already a busy court, just because the Sale court is outdated, is not acceptable.
“The Wellington Shire already feels like state government services are being reduced or ignored — think TAFE, trains and health services.”
Mr O’Brien said the state government was responsible for funding our court system and should ensure adequate facilities are provided to allow the County Court to continue.
Attorney General, Martin Pakula is taking up the issue with the County Court at Mr O’Brien’s request.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is calling on the state government to keep the County Court in Sale.