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Multimillion Dollar Renovation Of Penrith Courthouse

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Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres MP and Attorney General Greg Smith SC today announced that a multimillion million renovation of Penrith Courthouse will begin in January.


 “This will be the largest single renovation project undertaken at Penrith Courthouse in decades and all court users will benefit from the improvements,” Mr Smith said.


Mr Ayres said a new registry would make court services simpler, faster and easier to access.


“The new registry will have a split-level enquiries counter for wheelchair accessibility and a public computer kiosk where court users will be able to browse legal resources and pay bills electronically,” he said.


“There will also be information boards containing leaflets on common legal processes and support services and a separate room for lengthy or private enquiries.”


Penrith Lawyer, Mr Joe Grassi, said “The ability to lodge process and documents electronically will not be affected by the closure.  This will enable mention to made of the ever expanding electronic services provided from the Local Court to the Supreme Court.”


The number of interview rooms will be increased to 11 and there will be more office space for agencies working at the courthouse. The security screening area will be expanded to reduce crowding as people line up to pass through the metal detector and scanning devices.


“The screening zone will be brought down to street level, providing easier access to the courthouse for people with a disability,” Mr Smith said.


The renovations will also improve facilities for juries and the judiciary.


Penrith Courthouse will close during the renovations and its listings will be transferred to surrounding courts.


“The temporary closure of the court will ensure the renovations can be completed efficiently and with a minimum of disruptions to court hearings,” Mr Ayres said.


“It would be impractical to continue sitting at a dusty and noisy building site.”


The project is expected to be completed by mid 2014.


“I am pleased that the O’Farrell government has recognised the importance of the Penrith Courthouse to Western Sydney and is investing in its future,” Mr Ayres said.

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