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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Digital upgrade for Fraser Coast courtrooms

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Wednesday, November 09, 2011

    Digital upgrade for Fraser Coast courtrooms

    State-of-the-art technology will be installed in two Fraser Coast courthouses as part of an upgrade of audio-visual and digital equipment in Queensland courts.

    Attorney-General Paul Lucas said the upgrading of videoconferencing technology would help to protect victims of physical and sexual abuse from the trauma of giving evidence in the presence of their alleged attacker.

    “Giving evidence in court can be an excruciating process for child witnesses and victims of physical and sexual abuse,” Mr Lucas said.

    “The State Government is committed to protecting these vulnerable Queenslanders with the installation of more than $400,000 worth of digital upgrades to the Hervey Bay Magistrate and District courtrooms and the Maryborough Magistrate courtroom.

    “Frequently in locations like Wide Bay Magistrates and Judges move for hearings from courthouse to courthouse.

    “This technology has the potential to allow a Judge or a Magistrate in one location to conduct a hearing in another location.

    “Work has already gotten underway in the Hervey Bay courtrooms this Monday and the new equipment is expected to be up and running in the early new year.

    “The Maryborough Magistrates Court will follow and is expected to be operational by April.”

    Both locations will feature video and teleconferencing capability, digital recording, audio amplification, cameras to enable State Reporting Bureau staff to monitor court proceedings and technology to assist the hearing impaired.

    Mr Lucas said the addition of reliable and standardised equipment in the courtrooms and across the state will assist in the efficiency of courtroom proceedings.

    “While the courtrooms are already equipped with technology for videoconferencing and displaying evidence it is outdated and due for an upgrade,” Mr Lucas said.

    “It is the State Government’s moral obligation to provide victims of crime with adequate resources so that they may give evidence from a comfortable and safe location.”

    The estimated cost of the Hervey Bay project is $280,000 and tenders on the Maryborough courtroom are yet to be finalised.

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